Valhalla Gas Exploration and Appraisal Program

Closed 27 Jan 2021

Opened 21 Jan 2021


Bennett Resources is proposing to undertake an unconventional exploration drilling and hydraulic fracture stimulation program within Petroleum Exploration Permit EP 371 (EP 371) within the Shire of Derby, West Kimberley.   

The proposal area is located approximately 123 kilometres south east of the town of Derby.  The proposal comprises the construction of up to twenty wells in a region of the Canning Basin that has been previously surveyed and explored for petroleum purposes.   The proposal is targeting hydrocarbons in the Laurel Formation, with hydrocarbon shows present at depths in the order of 2,000 metres (m) to 4,000 m below ground level.  The proposal will require an overall disturbance footprint of 109 hectares.

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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.

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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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