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EPA requires visual inspection of Ocean Monarch oil rig

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has been advised by the owners of Ocean Monarch mobile offshore drilling rig (MODU) that the company will now undertake a visual inspection of the hull of the MODU as required by the EPA.


EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford reported that the company, Diamond Offshore General had agreed to conduct the inspection itself, prior to the departure of the MODU from the River Derwent.


The inspection, which is likely to take place in early January, will be conducted in accordance with the direction given by Mr Ford on 14 December.


Mr Ford had been exploring options for the EPA to undertake the inspection which is designed to check for the presence of marine pests such as the introduced Colonial Sea Squirt, Didemnum perlucidum.


The EPA will continue to work with Diamond Offshore General to ensure the underwater survey meets the EPA’s specifications and the company fulfils its requirements under Tasmania’s environmental legislation.


Copies of the Environment Protection Notice (EPN) and the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the Ocean Monarch’s temporary mooring in the River Derwent are available on the EPA website.

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  1. Emmanuel Goldstein

    December 21, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Maybe the Tas ALP will get on its feet and demand action. After all it was ALP Environment Minister Judy Jackson who had the foresight to deny Walker corporation a permit to destroy Ralph’s Bay in 2005. The only Tas ALP environmental protection initiative in recent history should qualify for a few words from the sessile members.

    Perhaps the worthless time waster Scott Bacon could take his snout from the trough for a minute or two to do his job, but fat chance. The O’Byrne siblings seem to generate streams of media release of late, so perhaps we’ll hear from them them .. yeah right.

    Why have an EPA if this is the best we can expect from capons like Wes Ford?

  2. spikey

    December 20, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I am 100% behind MjF on this.

    Wes Ford has been a disgrace, and repeatedly made the EPA an untrustworthy authority amongst all Tasmanians.

    Resignation seems far too fair to me.

    • Mjf

      December 21, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      Maybe a golden handshake then. Who cares what it costs ? Anything has to be an improvement and still affordable. I wouldn’t support a shift to Treasury though.

  3. MjF

    December 20, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Is this a joke, Wes Ford ? You are denied access to the vessel to undertake what ought to be mandatory inspections that your mob ticked off on plans and approvals for, but now the company will do its own inspections prior to departure. What, the day before ?

    Does shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted spring to mind ? Ford must go, the man is incapable of running a regulatory show.

    What comment, Minister ?

    • Simon Warriner

      December 20, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      A rare occasion in which we are in total agreement, Martin. Well said.

      • Mjf

        December 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        Oh, come on, Simon. We’re more unilateral than you admit.

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