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All regulated activities conducted under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (PG&E Act) must have an approved Statement of Environmental Objectives in place with which they comply, prepared on the basis of an Environmental Impact Report. If an activity is deemed to be of Medium Impact according to the criteria for classifying the level of environmental impact of regulated activities then public comment will be sought on the Environmental Impact Report and it's associated Statement of Environmental Objectives.

At present the Department for Energy and Mining are not seeking public comment for any Statement of Environmental Objectives.

SAPEX Limited PEL 122 & 123 Fracture Stimulation Activities

SAPEX Limited (a company that forms part of the Tri-Star Petroleum Group) has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Draft Statement of Environmental Objectives (SEO) for exploration and appraisal fracture stimulation activities in PELs 122 & 123 of the Arckaringa Basin.

Fracture stimulation is the injection of fluid, largely water, into a petroleum well to create small cracks or fractures in the formations near the well and allow oil and gas to flow to the well more easily. SAPEX intends to evaluate the size and commerciality of the oil and gas resources within target shale formations including the Stuart Range and Boorthanna Formation. Shale targets are expected to range between 700-1800m deep in both licences.

The Minister for Energy and Mining sought public comment, under provisions of the P&GE Act, on the Environmental Impact Report and proposed draft Statement of Environmental Objectives relative to this proposal.

For more information please see the SAPEX Arckaringa Fracture Stimulation in the Projects Section page.

Submissions closed at 5:00pm on 4 June 2018