Australia rejects Apache' s exploration plan near marine park
BY STEPHEN BELL
PERTH -- Apache had hoped to carry out the seismic exploration program in February-March, near the Ningaloo marine park in the Carnarvon basin. However the federal government rejected an application to carry out work in an area close to a marine reserve stating “clearly unacceptable impacts”.
At its nearest point, Apache' s proposed survey area in the WA-155-P permit would have been 13 km north-east of the Ningaloo marine park. However, the wider north-west Cape region offshore Exmouth is also one of Australia' s biggest sources of oil and gas production.
Apache is currently expanding its production in the region via the Macedon gas project, a joint venture with BHP Billiton, and has approved a new oil venture at Coniston.
Dow Jones Newswires