Sarawak amends oil ordinance to strengthen regulatory control

Dateline 2018-07-10, FMT:

The Sarawak state assembly passed the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill 2018 today aimed at updating several provisions in the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO).

It was also to bring the ordinance in line with current practices and operations in the oil and gas industry’s upstream sector.

In tabling it, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said with the amendment, the state would be able to strengthen regulatory control over the exploration of petroleum and mining activities in the state.

He said when the federal Parliament passed the Continental Shelf Act 1996 and Petroleum Mining Act 1966 to regulate the mining of petroleum in the continental shelf, these acts were not extended to Sarawak.

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