In 2017, the Government strengthened the regulatory framework for the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas structures and pipelines in New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). This includes a new requirement for operators to provide a decommissioning plan before applying for a decommissioning-related marine consent. We are now seeking feedback on the proposed requirements of the decommissioning regulations. The regulations will set out the requirements for the decommissioning plan and the approval process and criteria.   You can find out more information by reading the [url=http://www.mfe.govt.nz/have-your-say-decommissioning-offshore-oil-and-gas]consultation document[/url]. The questions below are a guide only and all comments are welcome.  You do not have to answer all the questions.  To ensure your point of view is clearly understood, please explain your rationale and provide supporting evidence where appropriate. Please fill in the form below, then click Continue to review your submission. At any time you may click Save and Exit so that you can return later.

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Consultation questions at a glance
1. Do you agree with the Government’s proposal not to specifically list the activities for which section 38(3) applies?
2. Do you agree with the information requirements for a decommissioning plan? If not, what do you think should be required in a decommissioning plan?
3. Do you agree that a comparative assessment is an appropriate methodology to present the available options for dealing with structures to be decommissioned?
4. Do you agree that a comparative assessment should only be required if an operator seeks to dump or abandon an installation, or parts thereof? If not, why not?
5. Do you agree that a comparative assessment should be required for pipelines regardless of whether the operator seeks to abandon or remove the pipeline? If not, why not?
6. Do you think it would be useful if there were a standard template for decommissioning plans? If not, why not?
7. Do you agree with the information required to describe the engagement and consultation carried out by an operator on a decommissioning plan?
8. Before the EPA publishes a decommissioning plan for public notification, should it be required to undertake
9. What is your experience of submitting on notified marine consent applications and do you consider that the quality of information was adequate to make an informed submission?
10. Are you aware of any parts of a decommissioning plan that are unlikely to be appropriate or relevant for public notification? Are there any matters that you consider should be withheld?
11. Do you agree with the minimum timeframe for submissions? If not, why not?
12. Do you think the proposed regulations should specify a list of parties that the EPA must consult or seek advice from prior to making a decision?
13. Do you agree that the EPA should be able to request further information on a decommissioning plan at any stage of the process to enable it to carry out its functions?
14. Do you agree the EPA should recover costs relating to decommissioning plans from the person who submits a decommissioning plan?
15. Do you agree that the proposed regulations should provide for both (a) and (b) in section 100D(2)?
16. Do you agree that the EPA should be able to decide whether public consultation on changes to a plan is necessary? If not, why not?
17. Do you agree that the same criteria can be applied to pipelines as applied to installations and structures? If not, why not?
18. Do you agree with the criteria proposed? If not, what criteria do you think should be considered for accepting a decommissioning plan?
19. Do you agree that a case by case approach should be taken to determine how installations, structures and pipelines should be dealt with?
20. Do you think that guidance would be helpful for industry and the public to understand how decommissioning would work under the EEZ Act and RMA?
21. Are there any other matters you would like to raise?