EPA fines AGL after data collection comes up short

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued two fines of $5,000 each to AGL Upstream Investments Pty Ltd after the company allegedly failed to collect key data at its Camden Gas Project.

EPA Acting Director Gas Regulation Andrew Cowan said the EPA routinely seeks construction and assessment data to conduct technical checks for compliance with regulatory requirements.

“During a routine check, the EPA determined that some data for two gas wells drilled as part of the Camden Gas Project had not been collected as required by AGL’s Petroleum Production Lease, issued by the Department of Planning and Environment, Division of Resources and Geoscience,” Mr Cowan said.

“The EPA views any alleged breach of legislation as a serious matter. As a result, the EPA issued a fine for each failure to collect data.

“These data are required as part of the regulatory regime to safeguard the environment and the community in the long term.

“The EPA will continue to ensure that all gas wells are constructed, operated and decommissioned according to government requirements. Provision of information to government is part of these requirements.”

The EPA is the lead regulator for gas activities in NSW. This includes compliance with and enforcement of other government agencies legislated requirements.