Oil disaster firm’s new well plans rejected

June 13, 2017 Tara

The federal regulator has knocked back plans for a new well at Montara, the site of one of Australia’s worst oil disasters, after deciding the project’s environmental preparations were not up to standard.

The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority said today that it was “not reasonably satisfied” with the procedures laid out by Montara’s owner, Thai oil and gas company PTTEP, ahead of a planned drilling program.

The 2009 oil spill at Montara, off Western Australia’s north coast, saw oil and gas leak into the Timor Sea for 74 days after a blowout in the field’s well head.

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