Dennis Murphy Tipakalippa v National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority & Anor
Jurisdiction: Federal Court of Australia
Principle law(s): Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006
Side A: Dennis Murphy Tipakalippa (Individual)
Side B: National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority & Anor (Government)
Core objectives: Whether, in the course of preparing its environment plan for regulatory approval, Santos should have consulted with the applicant and his community; Whether the applicant and his community are considered “relevant persons” for consultation under the relevant regulations
SummaryThe applicant, Munupi Senior Lawman and Tiwi Traditional Owner Dennis Tipakalippa, is from the Tiwi islands, a biodiversity haven approximately 80 kilometres north of the Australian city of Darwin.
Proceedings regarding an application for interlocutory injunction restraining Santos from commencing or continuing offshore drilling until the expedited final hearing, which was scheduled for six weeks after the proceedings for interlocutory relief, commenced 13 July 2022. After accepting that the applicant had demonstrated a prima facie case, the injunction was denied on the basis that drilling will not have gotten underway to a significant extent by the time the hearing comes about and of earlier representations made by the applicant indicating he was prepared to accept harm occasioned by the drilling of one well over a short period in order to be availed of the opportunity to stop the vast majority of the approved drilling at an expedited hearing.
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