On 27 October 2020, the Decision-making Committee granted subject to conditions, a marine discharge consent to Beach Energy.

The consent is for the discharge of trace amounts of harmful substances, as offshore processing drainage, from the deck drains of a Mobile Offshore Unit (MODU) within Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) area PEP38264, located in the Canterbury Basin.

Read the decision report (PDF, 1.7MB)

View the public notice (PDF, 242KB)

For more information about oil and gas exploration:

Read how the law protects our ocean environment during oil and gas exploration and drilling (PDF, 176KB) 

Appeals to the High Court 

Once a decision has been made on a marine consent application, the applicant or a submitter can appeal to the High Court. Appeals must be on questions of law. It is recommended that any party considering an appeal should contact their solicitor, the High Court, or visit the Ministry of Justice website ( for details.

Sections 105 to 112 of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (EEZ Act) contain the process for lodging an appeal in respect of this decision. Notices of appeal must be filed with the Registrar of the Wellington High Court within 15 working days after the date on which the party is notified of the decision (including service of a copy of the notice of appeal on the EPA).

Read Section 105 to 112 of the EEZ Act – New Zealand Legislation website

The notice of appeal must also be served on the applicant or consent holder, and any submitters, no later than 5 working days after filing the appeal. 

Appeals should be filed in hard copy with the Registrar at:

New Zealand High Court
2 Molesworth Street
DX: SX11199

Phone: +64 4 914 3600
Fax: 04 914 3603

A copy of any appeal must be emailed to the EPA and served in hard copy on the EPA.


Hard copy served to:

Environmental Protection Authority
Private Bag 63002
Wellington 6140
Attn: General Counsel