Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act 2015

Access to safety case information

20. The following is substituted for section 13AC (inserted by the Act of 2010) of the Act of 1999:

“13AC. (1) An operator who has an accepted safety case to which a safety permit relates shall make available a copy of the accepted safety case to any member of the public who requests it.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the obligation to make available a copy of an accepted safety case does not extend to releasing any content of an accepted safety case that relates to matters of industrial, commercial or personal confidentiality, public security or defence of the State.

(3) Where an operator proposes to omit any content of an accepted safety case which relates to the matters referred to in subsection (2), he or she shall obtain the prior written consent of the Commission.

(4) (a) An operator who makes available a copy of an accepted safety case is entitled to charge the person who requests it a fee in respect of the making available of that copy, provided that the amount charged by the undertaking does not exceed an amount which is reasonable having regard to the cost of making it available.

(b) For the purposes of paragraph (a), the Commission may give an operator such direction as it considers appropriate in relation to what is a reasonable fee.”.