The NSW Gas Plan builds on the findings of the 2014 Independent Review of Coal Seam Gas Activities in New South Wales and sets a framework for the future of the state's onshore gas industry and ensures a consistent and transparent approach to compliance and enforcement activities. The Plan appointed the EPA as the lead regulator for onshore gas activities in NSW.
Onshore gas industry
The EPA, as a leader, partner and protector, works with government agencies, industry and communities to ensure onshore gas operators meet their statutory responsibilities.
Quality control and assurance
The NSW Government is committed to the effective, efficient, data driven and transparent regulation of the onshore gas industry in NSW.
Planning and approval
The onshore gas industry in NSW relates to the exploration, assessment and production of natural gas, coal seam gas and tight gas reserves, and later, decommissioning and rehabilitation.
Compliance and enforcement
The EPA is the lead regulator responsible for compliance and enforcement of all conditions of approval for onshore gas activities in NSW, excluding work health and safety matters.
The EPA takes part in community groups and other activities to enable communities to engage with government regulators, industrial operators and other stakeholders on local environmental issues.
In NSW, onshore gas development is limited to the exploration, assessment and production of coal seam gas reserves.
Frequently asked questions
Questions and answers about the EPA’s role in regulating onshore gas activities in NSW.
POEO Amendment (NSW Gas Plan) Regulation 2014
The Protection of the Environment Operations Amendment (NSW Gas Plan) Regulation 2014 (Amending Regulation) came into effect on 19 December 2014.
Onshore gas industry fact sheets
To help stakeholders understand the potential impacts of onshore gas activities the NSW Government has prepared the following fact sheets and flow charts.