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The Department for Regional Development and Land (RDL), Infrastructure Corridors Branch, manages the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline corridor on behalf of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Land Access Minister. This role is distinct from that of the pipeline owners or licensees, who are responsible for operation of the pipeline and maintaining its safety and integrity.
Planning setback distances are based on the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) criteria for individual fatality risk from hazardous industrial plants. The terms, sensitive development and individual fatality risk, which are based on EPA Guidance Statement 2, July 2000: Guidance for risk assessment and management: off-site individual risk from hazardous industrial plant. The setback distance is dependent on the type of land use or development. In the metropolitan area for example there is no setback for residential development. For more information please refer to Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) Planning Bulletin No. 87 or see www.planning.wa.gov.au/publications/1117.asp.
The Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline currently transports gas from the northwest to the south-west of the State. The Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline corridor as established under the Dampier to Bunbury Pipeline Act 1997 and is made up of the land required to house and operate the DBNGP. The State guarantees access to pipelines operators at all times to permit any necessary construction, maintenance or repair works. Under the Petroleum Pipelines Act 1969, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) is the statutory regulator for gas pipelines and is responsible for ensuring that risks associated with pipelines are managed in accordance with the owner’s licence.