Geoscience Australia - 3D marine seismic survey in the Vlaming Sub-Basin, WA

Cetacean permit application C2012-0001
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, February 2012


About the application

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has received an application for a permit under Part 13, section 237 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The activity proposed to be undertaken is a marine 3D reflection seismic survey for the purpose of increasing the knowledge base of the geological structures for the purpose of indentifying areas of potential carbon dioxide sequestration. Geoscience Australia is proposing to acquire approximately 300 km2 of 3D marine seismic data in Commonwealth Waters within the Vlaming Sub-Basin in the Indian Ocean.

In accordance with the provisions of section 237(3b) of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal before COB 13 March 2012. Comments can be sent by email to or in writing to:

The Director
Cetacean Conservation Management Section
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601