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Timor Sea Oil Spill

Timor Sea Oil Spill

Hansard, Wednesday 9 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.14 pm)— I rise to speak about the fallout from the oil spill in the Timor Sea—the PTTEP and Montara spill—the need for ongoing improvement in our oil and gas regulations and concerns I have around the granting of further leases before the improvements that have been promised by the government to our regulations have been made.

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Greens respond to announcement of PTTEP compliance monitoring

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Government’s Independent Review of the PTTEP Australasia Montara Action Plan but are concerned that the company will still be allowed to apply for new licences during an imposed 18 month compliance monitoring program.

PTTEP Australasia will be subject to the 18 month compliance period to ensure it is fixing the systemic governance and practice issues that were found to have led to the Montara oil spill.

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PTTEP Action Plan must meet highest of standards: Greens

The Australian Greens say a Government review into the action plan developed by PTTEP Australasia in the wake of the Montara oil spill is due for release by Minister Martin Ferguson in coming days.

The Department of Resources and Energy are conducting an independent review into the action plan developed by PTTEP following the Montara disaster. In November, Minister Ferguson undertook to publicly release the review, due by the end of the year, within seven days of receiving it.

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Greens back Montara recommendation for polluter pays system

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Marine Issues has backed a key recommendation of the Montara Commission of Inquiry report, the development of a ‘polluter pays’ system for environmental accidents and says the party have given in-principle support to the prospect of a single regulator.

Senator Siewert says Australia currently relies on the good will of companies to meet cleanup and recovery costs, without legal obligation in place.

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Australian Greens respond to the Montara Commission of Inquiry

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (5.34 pm)—by leave—I could not let this opportunity to take note of the ministerial statement on the Montara Commission of Inquiry pass because I have been waiting for 18 months for this report on the results of the inquiry. The Montara spill occurred on 21 August and it is now the end of November. I am very pleased that this report has finally been tabled along with the government’s response. The report has been available only for the last couple of hours, so I have not been able to read every page, but I have had a look at a significant part of it.

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Greens welcome long awaited Montara report

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Montara Commission of Inquiry Report and the Australian Government’s draft response.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Marine spokesperson says the report appears to have dealt comprehensively with a number of key issues and has made a series of wide ranging recommendations which the Greens will vigorously pursue.

“Given the report’s damning findings against PTTEP Australasia it is of great concern that since the spill occurred they have acquired new leases and could continue to operate,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Senate recognises human toll of poor sanitation

The Senate has formally recognised tomorrow, 19 November as World Toilet Day, helping to raise awareness of the fact that 2.6 billion people around the world lack access to basic sanitation.

The motion, proposed by Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Water, expressed concern that as a result of poor sanitation, diarrhoea is the leading cause of death in Africa and the second leading cause of child death globally.

“Each year, more than 1.4 million children die as a result of unclean water and poor sanitation,” Senator Siewert said today.

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Greens urge Government action over Rottnest drilling threat

The Australian Greens are urging the Federal Government and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to grant Nexus Energy an exemption from oil exploration licence requirements which could lead to exploratory drilling off the Perth and Rottnest Island coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens Marine Spokesperson, said today that the sight of an oil rig just 10km from the Perth coast would fill residents with dread.

"It defies logic that we're even having this discussion. It's a no-brainer," Senator Siewert said today.

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