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Community involvement

Under the NSW Gas Plan, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) leads compliance with and enforcement of the conditions of approvals for gas activities in NSW, excluding work health and safety issues. This provides individuals and communities with one place to go to report potential pollution incidents and breaches of title, regulations or NSW law.

The EPA sees this new role as an opportunity to create more open dialogue with the community about how it regulates industry.

Community involvement in decision-making

Public submissions and stakeholder consultation

The EPA proposes a range of legislation, policies and guidelines, as well as preparing reports and submissions that call for community involvement, engagement and consultation.

Community consultation committees

Gas companies are required to be timely and transparent in their notification to the community about pollution incidents that impact the environment. Gas companies are also required to engage openly with the community about any associated risks from their activities, and how they are protecting the environment.

The EPA participates in industry consultative committees and also leads community consultation groups. Consultative groups in current gas activity areas include:

Community news

  • 6 December 2016: EPA and Narrabri community working together
    The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and members of Narrabri's Community Consultation Committee (NCCC) participated in a consultative workshop on 8 November 2016 to consider ways of managing financial risk for environmental liabilities in the NSW gas sector.

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Reporting pollution

Report any incidents or complaints regarding gas operations to the EPA's Environment Line on 131 555. This line operates 24 hours a day.

This includes incidents or complaints relating to environmental or human health matters such as air quality, water contamination, noise impacts and waste disposal. Note as many details of the incident as possible, including time, date, location, descriptions of the people involved, vehicles and number plates and anything else noticed.

If the incident presents an immediate threat to human health or property call 000 to report it immediately to emergency services.

Ask Environment Line

Ask Environment Line is an online help centre offering answers to common questions about environmental issues or reporting pollution.

Page last updated: 13 February 2017