About the Montara oil spill
The Montara oil spill was an oil and gas leak and subsequent slick that took place in the Montara oil field in the Timor Sea, off the northern coast of Western Australia. It is considered one of Australia's worst oil disasters.
The slick was released following a blowout from the Montara wellhead platform on 21 August 2009, and continued leaking until 3 November 2009.
About the Montara commission of inquiry
On 5 November 2009, The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy, announced a commission of inquiry into the uncontrolled release of oil and gas from the Montara Wellhead Platform in the Timor Sea.
The commission of inquiry was established under Part 9.10A of the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, and has nearly all the powers of a Royal Commission.
The Commissioner David Borthwick AO PSM has provided the Montara Commission of Inquiry Report to Minister Ferguson.
The Australian Government released the Report of the Montara Commission of Inquiry and a draft Government response on 24 November 2010.
Full details of this report and the Australian Government's response, including the submissions process, can be found in the pages below.
For more information about the Montara Commission of Inquiry, visit www.montarainquiry.gov.au.