Spotlight on CSG

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The upcoming quarterly meeting of the Association of Mining Related Councils has put the spotlight firmly on coal seam gas. Of interest are scientific concerns over the industry, and the securing of a NSW gas supply.   Read More

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Border Tension Rises Over Gas Supply

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Australia is expected to triple its gas production within the next few years but the rising price of Gas in New South Wales has prompted New South Wales Energy Minister, Anthony Roberts, to call for companies to share information about long-term supply contracts. Mr Roberts…

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Planned Expansion “on track” to Start in Bowen Basin

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WestSide Corporation has announced that is is on track to start the first phase of their Meridian Gas Field Expansion. The expansion will host six new wells, and include improved drilling procedures. The new expansion will allow WestSide to¬†supply an increase in gas to Gladstone…

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Resource Council Hits Back Against GBR Ads

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The Queensland Resource Council (QRC) has announced its plans to launch an advertising campaign specifically to counter the ‘scaremongering’ campaign by environmental activist groups. The advertisements will show that the loss of coral of the last 27 years is attributed to weather events, coral bleaching,…

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Multi-Pad Drilling Could Reduce Environmental Impact

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Rick Wilkinson, chief technical officer of the oil and gas body APPEA, has suggested that multi-well pad drilling could be used in the Northern Rivers in order to reduce the gas industry’s noise and visual footprint. Mr Wilkinson’s suggestion would see up to six wells…

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Santos Projects Near Completion

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Santos, Australia’s largest domestic gas producer, will export more than it supplies come 2015. The news comes as two LNG projects in Queensland and Papua New Guinea are on track to be completed within the next year. These facilities are set to focus on the…

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Time – Saving the World’s Endangered Species

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Time magazine recently ran a spread on the current state of animal conservation across the globe. The spread includes multiple articles on extinction globally, conservation efforts and unique conservation efforts being trialled. Articles of Interest include 10 Species Near Extinction Fighting Extinction Extinction Close-Up: Madagascar…

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NZ and Swiss Researchers Shed Light on Kea Parrot

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New research from Otago and Fribourg Universities suggests that the genetic variation in the kea parrot is not a result of human-induced population decline. The kea is the world’s only alpine parrot and is known for its intelligence and problem solving abilities. The findings will…

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ASX to Force Sustainability Reporting

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The ASX Corporate Governance Council recently released their latest Principles and Recommendations report which includes a requirement to report on sustainability. The Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations ¬†apply to all ASX listed entitities (regardless of legal form). The new principles, amongst other things, require…

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CSG Exploration to be Frozen for 6 Months

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NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has announced a six month freeze on new applications for CSG exploration in NSW. The freeze is intended to allow a full audit of current CSG licences and for current applications to be dealt with prior to the implementation of a…

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Is the Dingo the Solution to Control Invasive Species?

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A recent article at The Conversation calls for the conservation of dingoes as a way forward for biodiversity conservation in Australia. The article highlights that many of the control mechanisms utilised by conservationists to control foreign species can be detrimental to the effort overall, and…

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New Emergency Plan Integrates Maritime Safety and Pollution Responses

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The new National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies has received endorsement across the board from industry, and state and federal governments. The plan combines both maritime pollution response and the management of maritime safety and casualties for the first time in the plans 40 year…

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