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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

01/15/2013

 

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