Santos environment breach fines must deter, court told

Australian oil and gas major Santos' fine for breaching environmental laws in its coal seam gas operations in New South Wales must help deter others, an Australian state attorney told a judge in the first prosecution under a 1991 law.

"Deterrence is of some significance," Stephen Rushton, the prosecutor, said at a sentencing hearing in late December in Land and Environment Court of New South Wales in Sydney.