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First enforceable undertaking for new regulator

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The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Industry’s Resources Regulator has accepted enforcement undertakings from KEPCO Bylong Australia and WorleyParsons Services. The action comes after the regulator investigated allegation that the companies provided false information relating to proposed exploration activities associated with the Bylong coal project.

According to the department, both companies have acknowledged that six photographs supplied as part of a Surface Disturbance Notice Application were not photographs of the proposed locations and have agreed to enforceable undertakings in lieu of continued prosecutions.

The maximum penalty for providing false or misleading information was AUS$55 000 at the time of the alleged offence. The undertaking also requires both companies to pay the investigation and legal costs for more than AUS$94 000, to enhance their compliance, audit and training programmes and to provide additional education and support on regulatory obligations.

“These cases serve as a timely reminder to authorisation holder and their agents with they must have systems in place to ensure the accuracy of information provided to the Department of Resources and Energy,” said NSW Resources Regulator’s Chief Compliance Officer Lee Shearer.

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