This reference case considers the impacts on benthic habitats from placement and recovery of anchors used during any petroleum activity including the control measures necessary to manage the impact.
Open for public comment until 20 June 2018
Regulatory review will commence after public comment
This reference case provides a knowledge base against which a risk assessment can be completed in less time because titleholders can assess how their activity differs from that specified in the reference case. If there is no difference then the specified control measures can be adopted without additional consideration.
How to use this reference case
The following text is proposed for inclusion in an Environment Plan. It is recommended that the environmental performance table is copied into the EP for ease of communication and compliance checking.
The Company has reviewed its proposed activity and the requirement to carry out anchoring operations. The anchoring operations proposed fit within the limitations imposed in Reference Case 1002: Anchoring of Vessels and Floating Facilities such that the Reference Case applies to this activity. The EP describes the specific environment in which the anchoring operations are to take place and there are no additional types of benthic substrate present which fall outside the scope of Reference Case 1002. Therefore the assessment of impacts and risks in Reference Case 1002 is considered entirely applicable to the proposed activity and as such the control measure specified, along with the environmental performance parameters will be adopted in full. Doing so means that environmental impacts and risks are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable and will be of an acceptable level – as demonstrated in Reference Case 1002.
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