Origin Energy has responded to media claims regarding legal action by a former employee, citing the allegations as unsubstantial.
A former employee has alleged there were compliance failures at oil and gas fields operated by Origin Energy. The former employee has also lodged an unfair dismissal claim against the company.
Origin said the allegations were independently investigated with three separate investigations conducted by external specialist consultancies.
Each investigation reported that the allegations were not substantiated.
Origin said that on this basis they deny the allegations and plans to defend them in court as they are confident that there has been no breach of a compliance reporting obligation.
Recent media reports covering the case have also questioned the operational integrity of a number of Origin’s conventional oil and gas assets.
Origin Managing Director, Grant King said, “These reports present an incomplete picture of Origin’s internal compliance processes. We have robust compliance processes and reject any inference to the contrary.
“We note the allegations about the Company’s governance and regulatory compliance processes have been made by a former employee in the context of legal action relating to a breach of workplace protection rights under the Fair Work Act,” Mr King said.
Court proceedings have commenced in relation to this case, and Origin plans to file a defence in due course.