OMV New Zealand Ltd (OMV) is currently drilling in the Maari field in the South Taranaki Bight in accordance with its petroleum mining permit. This activity falls under the transitional provisions of the EEZ Act. However, the transitional provisions ceased on 28 June 2014 and a marine consent is now required in order to continue drilling. The development drilling will involve drilling up to seven development wells from within existing conductor slots.
The Decision-making Committee (DMC) that has been appointed by the EPA Board will consider all submissions made by the public and people can choose to speak directly to the committee at public hearings.
Update 18 December 2014
Marine consent granted
The DMC has granted a marine consent to OMV NZ Ltd to continue its development drilling programme in the Maari field in the South Taranaki Bight. The DMC determined that the overall effect of the development drilling programme on the environment would be minor and in many cases temporary. The consent is subject to 33 conditions which will be monitored and enforced by the EPA.
Please see the links below for a copy of the decision report, the EPA's media release and the public notice of the DMC's decision.
Update 10 December 2014
On 18 November 2014 the DMC adjourned the hearing so that it could more fully consider the information provided during the hearing and decide whether to request further information. The DMC has determined it has sufficient information to deliberate on a decision on the application and formally closed the hearing on 9 December 2014.
You can view the DMC Minute (M10) which formally closed the hearing using the link below.
The DMC has issued a Minute (M9) regarding its direction under section 158 to withhold sensitive information provided by OMV. You can view the minute using the link below.
Update 27 November 2014
OMV has submitted a supplementary statement of evidence from Simon Harris on economics. You can view the information using the link below.
Update 25 November 2014
The DMC has received an analysis of the powers available to other relevant regulators. You can view the information using the link below.
Analysis of the powers available to other relevant regulators (pdf, 204 kb)
Memorandum of counsel 21 November 2014
OMV has submitted a memorandum of counsel to the DMC. You can view the information using the link below.
OMV's memorandum of counsel 21 November 2014 (pdf, 7.1 mb)
Response to Minute 5
OMV has responded to the DMC’s Minute 5, you can view the response using the link below.
Update 21 November 2014
The EPA has received further information from Maritime New Zealand and WorkSafe New Zealand. You can view the information using the link below.
Update 19 November 2014
The DMC yesterday adjourned the hearing on the application by OMV for a marine consent. The Committee is now considering whether it has sufficient information to formally close the hearing. Once the hearing is formally closed the DMC has 20 working days to consider its decision. A decision is currently scheduled to be made by 18 December. The decision will be released as soon as practicable after it has been made.
DMC Minute M6
The DMC has issued a minute (M6) regarding the supplementary evidence received during the course of the hearing. You can view the minute using the link below.
DMC Minute M5
The DMC has issued a minute (M5) responding to the submissions received regarding DMC minute M3. You can view the minute using the link below.