Santos has lodged its official response to some 23,000 submissions made to the Department of Planning and Environment in New South Wales in response to the company’s Environmental Impact Statement for the Narrabri Gas Project.
New Zealand (NZ) made international headlines last week by announcing a ban on future offshore oil and gas development. In typical fashion, activists praised the sudden policy shift as a “massive win” for NZ and encouraged Australia to follow suit and institute its own offshore ban. But before our policymakers even consider jumping on this bandwagon there are a few unintended consequences they may want to consider.
The transparency and motivation of the charity status has come into the spotlight again as reported in The Australian that anti-Adani green groups generated nearly $25 million in income last financial year.
If you’ve seen the protests or follow any environmental activists on social media you would think that Australia’s natural gas industry is on the ropes, as groups like Lock the Gate (LTG) boldly declare that “times up” for fossil fuels. As per usual, their take on our energy industry doesn’t square with reality.
We’ve previously detailed the positive natural gas exploration and development examples coming out of Queensland, including the economic impact to the state, and yet again the region is ready to show the rest of the country how to get the job done.
The much-anticipated final report from the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory has been released – concluding that “the challenges and risks associated with any onshore shale gas industry in the NT can be appropriately managed”.