Proceedings were commenced today by the NSW Department of Trade & Investment against gas exploration and production company Santos NSW Pty Ltd for alleged breaches of the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991.
The proceedings allege Santos Pty Ltd (previously known as Eastern Star Gas) which is the holder of Petroleum Assessment Lease 2, failed to lodge accurate environmental management reports in the period June 2010 to September 2011.
It is also alleged that Santos Pty Ltd failed to report a spill of untreated production water from the Bibblewindi Water Treatment Plant, in June 2011, an incident which threatened to harm the environment.
Santos Ltd purchased all shares in Eastern Star Gas on 17 November 2011.
The proceedings have been listed before the Land and Environment Court on 26 July 2013.