On 4 October 2018, the Decision-making Committee granted, subject to conditions, marine discharge consent to OMV New Zealand Limited.
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The consent is to discharge trace amounts of harmful substances (offshore processing drainage), through the deck drains of one or more mobile offshore drilling units, to the sea as part of the Exploration and Appraisal Drilling Programme.
Once a decision has been made on a consent application, the applicant or a submitter can appeal to the High Court. Appeals must be on questions of law.
Parties considering an appeal should contact their solicitor, the New Zealand High Court or visit the Ministry of Justice website for details. It's recommended that any parties considering an appeal take legal advice. A fee is required for filing an appeal.
A party must file a notice of appeal with the Registrar of the High Court and serve a copy of the notice of the appeal on the EPA within 15 working days after the date on which the party is notified of the decision.
Sections 105 to 112 of the EEZ Act contain the process for making an appeal on an application for marine consent.
Appeals should be filed with the Registrar at:
New Zealand High Court
2 Molesworth Street
Telephone: (04) 914 3600
Fax: (04) 914 3603
A copy of any appeal must be served on the EPA at the same time at:
Environmental Protection Authority
Private Bag 63002
Attention: General Counsel