Proposed interference to cetaceans off Geraldton Western Australia
In accordance with section 87 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), I, ANNE-MARIE JOSEPHINE DELAHUNT, Assistant Secretary, delegate for the Minister for the Environment and Heritage under the EPBC Act, hereby decide that the proposed action described in the Schedule must be assessed on preliminary documentation.
The proposed action is to interfere with cetaceans through seismic surveys in the course of conducting oil and gas exploration, within the Australian exclusive economic zone, to be undertaken Roc Oil (WA) Pty Ltd.
The seismic surveys are to be conducted in waters off the Western Australian coast between latitudes 27°30'S and 29°30'S. More intensive 3D surveys (Angela, Vicki, and Cliff Head) will constitute the major part of the program. While the area involved in the 2D surveys are extensive, the number of lines involved is not large.
Dept. of the Environment & Heritage - Assessments & Approvals
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