Petroleum exploration permit (PEP-11)
Statement by the Deputy Premier, John Barilaro.
I have written to my federal counterpart, Keith Pitt, in my role as a member of the Commonwealth-New South Wales Offshore Petroleum Joint Authority, recommending that PEP-11 is not renewed.
Mr Pitt formally wrote to me last week seeking my recommendation, and I want to acknowledge the representations made to me by my parliamentary colleagues, including the Members for Pittwater, Terrigal and Manly.
I have listened to their views, and those of the people they represent – it confirms my own position to recommend that PEP-11 is not renewed.
The Permit was issued under Commonwealth legislation, it covers Commonwealth waters, and the final decision will be a matter for the Commonwealth government.