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  • Coal Seam Gas: the Commonwealth's regulatory role

    Posted 13/07/2016 by Rowan Drinkwater
    A recent episode of the ABC’s Q&A series in Tamworth discussed state and Commonwealth responsibility for coal seam gas and coal mining project regulation and raised the question: how is the Commonwealth involved in the regulation of coal seam gas (CSG)? Read more...

    TAGS: coal seam gas, energy, environment, environmental law

  • Liquefied natural gas in Queensland - where will the gas come from?

    Posted 10/12/2013 by Alex St John
    The production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia has become an important export industry. Sales from three existing LNG projects (the North West Shelf, Darwin LNG and Pluto LNG) earned $14.3 billion in export revenue in 2012-13, according to the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE). Increased global demand for gas is driving investment in Australia to open new LNG projects, exploiting gas resources offshore from Western Australia and the Northern Territory. In addition, on... Read more...

    TAGS: coal seam gas, export, liquefied natural gas

  • Is this the end of coal seam gas for now?

    Posted 5/03/2013 by Alex St John
    Coal seam gas (CSG) has become a divisive issue in recent times, particularly in rural and regional areas of Queensland and New South Wales. Despite the regulation of CSG being primarily a State responsibility, several private members have introduced bills that aim to exert greater Commonwealth controls over CSG. This FlagPost will examine the latest bill, which was introduced into the House of Representatives on the 11th of February. It could have the effect of stopping all new coal seam gas de... Read more...

    TAGS: coal seam gas

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  • The deeper worries about coal seam gas

    Posted 15/06/2012 by Simeon Hui
    One-third of Eastern Australia cooks its breakfast, warms its homes, and generates its power from natural gas, the main component of which is methane, supplied by coal seam gas (CSG) operations. Our need for natural gas has allowed CSG operations to grow, but critics contend that this has not always been accompanied by sufficient understanding of the social and environmental implications. Ground and surface water contamination, water consumption, and waste disposal are but a few issues fuelling ... Read more...

    TAGS: coal seam gas, energy, mining

  • Coal seam gas: should the gates be locked?

    Posted 26/09/2011 by Stewart Needham
    Coal seam gas! It’s controversial and in the news every day. Why has it suddenly become an issue? What is going on? The exploration for and development of coal seam gas (CSG) is a relatively new and small activity in Australia, but the size of the estimated CSG resource suggests that it could grow to become a major industry, and an important new energy export sector. But only if it can overcome some problems.  Coal seam gas occurs naturally in most coal seams and is trapped there by the confinin... Read more...

    TAGS: coal seam gas, environment

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