The final investigation report into the Varanus Island pipeline incident on 3 June 2008 has been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum Norman Moore said that the release of the Offshore Petroleum Safety Regulation - Varanus Island Incident Investigation Report was overdue and had been hindered by ongoing litigation by Apache North West and its co-licensees, and the decision of the State Government to prosecute.
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Mr Moore said that the report was highly critical of Apache, particularly regarding the company’s technical and operational failings as the operator. Additionally, he said that the investigators were critical of state and Commonwealth regulators at the time.
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Image caption: An aerial view of Varanus Island showing the location of the pipeline incident.