Cervantes-01 Conventional Well Drilling Proposal

Closed 3 Dec 2020

Opened 27 Nov 2020


RCMA Australia is proposing to drill one conventional oil exploration well to determine if there is oil in the prospect, located 11 kilometres (km) south of Dongara / Port Denison in the onshore Perth Basin, within the Beekeepers Nature Reserve.  

The proposal includes all activities associated with drilling a conventional oil exploration well including site preparation, equipment mobilisation, drill, case and cement, decommissioning, demobilisation, site restoration and rehabilitation.  

The proposal will require the clearing of 5.3 hectares (ha) of native vegetation for the well pad and road widening, within a development envelope of 36.5 ha. No hydraulic fracture stimulation is proposed. 

Why your views matter

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What happens next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


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