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Tuesday, 19 May 1970

Mr Charles Jones (NEWCASTLE, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for National Development the following question, upon notice:

Is he able to list the countries in which there are regulations requiring the fitting of storm chokes to oil and/or gas wells.

Mr Swartz - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

My Department does not have copies of the regulations from every petroleum producing country in the world. However, it does have information that the installation of storm chokes or similar devices in all off-shore wells, which produce by natural flow rather than by pumping or other methods of artificial lift, is required by Regulation or Directive in Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Also, from experience of other legislative matters it is presumed that a similar requirement would be included in the petroleum legislation of other countries whose regulations are based either on the United Kingdom or the United States petroleum legislation.

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