Environmental impact assessment
Any petroleum activity that has the potential to cause significant harm to the environment or does not meet the NT Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA) environmental assessment guideline must undergo an Environment Impact Assessment.
The NTEPA will then decide if the activity must have a formal environmental assessment: a high level investigation into the proposed activity.
If the level of possible harm to the environment is very low, NTEPA will advise the department to approve the activity without any formal environmental impact assessment.
Formal environmental assessment
This assessment process is undertaken by the NTEPA.
The NTEPA will consider all public feedback and advice from independent bodies collected through a notice of intent process before providing the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources with a final environment impact assessment report.
The department will then make a decision on whether or not to approve the petroleum activity and determine what environmental conditions should be included if approval is to be provided.
Sites of national significance or Federal land
If any petroleum activity is likely to have an impact on a site of national environmental significance, approval for the activity must be referred to the Federal Government for assessment.
Petroleum activity applications must also be referred to the Federal Government if the activity is being carried out on Federal land.
Go to the NTEPA website for more information.