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A Bill for an Act to impose a moratorium on aquifer drilling connected with coal seam gas extraction, and for related purposes
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Registered 13 Feb 2013
Introduced HR 11 Feb 2013
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2010‑2011‑2012‑2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Moratorium on Aquifer Drilling Connected with Coal Seam Gas Extraction) Bill 2013

 

No.      , 2013

 

(Mr Katter)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to impose a moratorium on aquifer drilling connected with coal seam gas extraction, and for related purposes

 

 


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999                   3

 


A Bill for an Act to impose a moratorium on aquifer drilling connected with coal seam gas extraction, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Moratorium on Aquifer Drilling Connected with Coal Seam Gas Extraction) Act 2013.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendments

  

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

1  At the end of Part 3

Add:

Division 32 year moratorium on aquifer drilling

28B  2 year moratorium on aquifer drilling

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person takes an action; and

                     (b)  the person takes the action for the purposes of, or in connection with, coal seam gas extraction; and

                     (c)  the action is, or results in, drilling through or into an aquifer; and

                     (d)  the drilling occurs within 2 years after the commencement of this section.

Penalty:

                     (a)  for an individual—$200,000; and

                     (b)  for a body corporate—$2,000,000.

             (2)  Subsection (1) applies only if:

                     (a)  the person is a corporation to which paragraph 51(xx) of the Constitution applies; or

                     (b)  the action is taken for the purposes of trade or commerce:

                              (i)  between Australia and another country; or

                             (ii)  between 2 States; or

                            (iii)  between a State and a Territory; or

                            (iv)  between 2 Territories; or

                     (c)  the action is taken in a Territory.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the action is taken to facilitate safer coal mining.

             (4)  This section has effect despite any other provision of this Act or of any other Act.