Supplementary Order Paper No 152

No 152

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill

Proposed amendment

Jonathan Young, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 2

Replace clause 2 (page 2, lines 1 to 3) with:

2 Commencement

(1)

Section 8 comes into force on the earlier of—

(a)

a date appointed by the Governor-General by Order in Council; or

(b)

1 January 2021.

(2)

Before the Governor-General appoints a date under subsection (1)(a), the Minister of Conservation and the Minister of Energy and Resources must—

(a)

release a discussion document on the “no new mines on conservation land” policy announced in the Speech from the Throne on 8 November 2017; and

(b)

complete a consultation process on the discussion document in paragraph (a), including consulting with—

(i)

the mining sector; and

(ii)

iwi in affected areas; and

(iii)

local government groups; and

(iv)

environmental groups; and

(v)

community groups; and

(vi)

interested members of the public.

(3)

The rest of this Act comes into force on the day after the date on which it receives the Royal assent.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper replaces clause 2 of the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill.

On 26 May 2018, Hon Eugenie Sage announced an upcoming consultation on the “no new mines on conservation land” policy statement that was announced in the Speech from the Throne on 8 November 2017.

Minister Sage said that “The Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods will consult the mining sector, iwi, local government, environmental and community groups, and the wider public, through a discussion document to be released in September.”

There has been no discussion document released as of 1 November 2018. Currently, there are 20 petroleum permit or licence areas that include conservation land. Most include a small amount although one permit area has 38% of its total square kilometres comprising conservation land. Another three permits have greater than 1% of their permit area in conservation land.

Conservation land is land that is held or managed under the Conservation Act 1987 or under an Act listed in Schedule 1 of the Conservation Act 1987.