NSW - Water Management (General) Regulation 2011

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NSW - Water Management (General) Regulation 2011

Postby HVPA_research » Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:35 pm

Link to this page: http://forum.huntervalleyprotectionalliance.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=347

Archived in this post are two emails from Nancy Spee related to the above Subject and our response.

Hi Jorge
We have just uncovered a really nasty bit of legislation that needs to be reviewed and comments submitted by 20th July. It is the mother legislation for which a recent amendment which is now being part of the replacement of 3A (a rebadged 3a if you like) planning. It is over 200 pages of legaleese.

The power of these organisations is coming from access to water. If you do a search on the following document for items such as
country energy
power (as in stations)

Essentially everyone will have to pay for their water be you city or country, sky and stream. We are formulating an major objection to this legislation as we believe it was attempted to be snuck in without people really appreciating its gravity. If you are interested we will send you our final objections (we have already started and have been through the document). We met Jeremy Buckinghams offsider today Justin Field who gave us the email address to send the response. My friend who accompanied me has it.
Are you willing to have your people send out lots of objections. If you have someone with a legal mind who can look at it, please go for it. We are only analysts here!
http://www.water.nsw.gov.au/ ArticleDocuments/ 34/ law_legal_reform_draft_wmreg_2011.pdf.aspx

Sorry to spring this on you - we only discovered this on the weekend and we are peddling as hard as we can.

Until we have formulated any objection, please check this document for yourself. We will have checked our facts in the final draft of objections hopefully tomorrow. If you find something which needs inclusion into a general objection letter - or even a correction of any of my misunderstandings PLEASE LET ME KNOW! I am no superhero here.

We will try to ensure that all concerns are taken into account in a general objection to this legislation. We are doing this as we appreciate that at in excess of 200 pages it is not feasible for everyone to read the document and submit specific objections by the 20th July as an individual. As it is a numbers game we want the government to know that we know about this lovely work of art and their commitment to our water. We are trying to highlight the more onerous parts of the legislation for objection - ie Energy companies and miners/drillers that use water. As mentioned we will send out the email address which Justin Field from Jeremy Buckinghams office has given us for submission.

Thanks for your patience and assistance.

* HVPA SysAdmin response *

Water Management (General) Regulation 2011
under the Water Management Act 2000

Public consultation draft.

Presumably NSW Water office intended to display the document for public comment. Unfortunately, the link supplied with the email
http://www.water.nsw.gov.au/%20ArticleDocuments/%2034/%20law_legal_reform_draft_wmreg_2011.pdf.aspx did not work from my computer.
However, I have downloaded the draft document after a Google search on its name. It is now available in the HVPA research archive at:

At this stage I am not able to analyse the document and my knowledge of legalese is very low. Consequently, I am happy to accept your observations. A search of the document on petroleum keyword revealed that water extracted during the mineral and gas exploration activities is specifically excluded from licensing requirements so it should be of interest to us.

p. 291 Exemptions

7 Prospecting or fossicking
Any person lawfully engaged in prospecting or fossicking for minerals or petroleum under the Mining Act 1992 or the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991—in relation to water required for that purpose.

Last week we have received another post on this topic
where they say that the extraction of CSG water is limited to 3000 Megaliters. Obviously, more research is required.

I have forwarded these posts to HVPA Committee and Facebook page for further consideration. Looks like another can of worms where some more transparency would not go astray.

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