The Resource Management Act (RMA) - protecting our environment
The RMA is New Zealand's primary piece of legislation defining how the oil and gas industry interacts with it's neighbours, promoting the sustainable management of natural and physical resources such as land, air and water.
Delivering on the Act
Regional and District Councils are responsible under the RMA for managing the effects of activities on the onshore environment via the resource consent process.
Regional councils also have jurisdiction in the coastal marine area (out to 12 nautical miles offshore).
Resource consents are generally required under the RMA for oil and gas activity, depending on the rules in regional and district plans. To plan rules for the oil and gas sector vary from plan to plan in the same way they do for other sectors.