Imminent supply crunch, or everything rosy. Whom do we believe? Industry groups, the ACCC and economic analysts agree Australia’s east coast needs to bring on more supply of natural gas or there is a crunch coming – for manufacturing, small business and consumers.
Co-existence of agriculture, tourism and natural gas development is no longer a concept – the proof is in the pudding in Queensland.
A new report from Lock the Gate affiliate group Western Rivers Alliance (WRA), is sub-titled The Risks of Unconventional Gas Mining for Land, Water and Life, but even a quick read would suggest a better title: The Risks of Relying on Debunked Sources.
Activist groups who campaigns during election periods without facing adequate disclosure could be in for a shock, with the Federal Special Minister of State flagging the potential inclusion of activist groups in any overhaul of the rules regulating political donations and disclosure.
‘Sims exposes gas ban madness – States fuelling price hikes’
That is how the Australian Financial Review has characterised comments by the chairman of the Australian Consumer and Competition Council, Rod Sims, over the past two days.
Some recent reporting on activities in the Great Australian Bight (GAB) conveniently ignore the facts.
Australian activist groups have been quick to try and draw parallels between an earthquake in the US State of Oklahoma that has been partly blamed on wastewater reinjection wells and the potential for similar incidents here, but as is often the case, they’re standing on shaky ground with their claims.
South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis has sent a clear message to his neighbouring States: anti-development stances on natural gas are irrational, and bad news for both the environment and the national electricity market.
State and Federal Governments, manufacturers, unions, business and industry groups have all condemned the Andrews Government decision to extend the ban on natural gas development in Victoria and place a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing.
One of the constant refrains of anti-gas activists is about the levels and toxicity of emissions from gasfields and associated infrastructure. New air quality data busts that myth.