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Report rightly calls for removal of gas supply barriers

Media Release 20 October 2014

Grattan Institute report concludes governments should remove inappropriate barriers to the production of gas resources and minimise the regulatory burden on gas producers to provide a stable environment for future development.

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EPA report undermines anti-gas scare campaign

Media Release 20 October 2014

The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority has reaffirmed that the state's regulatory framework is sufficient to manage any risks associated with current onshore gas exploration activities.


Even ANU cannot run very far from fossil fuels

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 15 October 2014

Far from quitting a dying industry, ANU will find that fossil fuels will keep their place. Helping to improve them would make more sense. Thirty years ago, today’s chancellor of the Australian National University brought an end to his career as...

Gas leases not broken so no fix needed

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 15 October 2014

An opinion piece by Nev Power (“Cobra regulation restricting conventional gas supply”, Australian Financial Review, 13 October) is right to point out the need to develop our gas resources, including onshore resources in eastern Australia, as a k...

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ANU divestment flies in the face of reality

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 14 October 2014

In defending the Australian National University’s share divestment campaign, vice-chancellor Ian Young says he is confident that in 20 to 30 years Australia’s jobs and industries “will not be in producing fossil fuels” (Sydney Morning Herald...

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Time to lift moratoriums on Victorian gas development

Media Release 13 October 2014

Victoria’s Energy Statement highlights the importance of natural gas to the state’s 1.8 million households and manufacturing businesses yet makes no mention of lifting moratoriums on gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Publication 12 October 2014

APPEA's Annual General Meeting will be held at the Perth Parmelia Hilton Hotel, 14 Mill Street, Perth, WA on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 4.15pm.

Call for nominations to the APPEA Board

Blog Post 12 October 2014

Under APPEA’s Constitution, Directors are required to retire every two years on a rotational basis and may stand for re-election at that time. In addition, Directors must also retire and may stand for re-election if they were appointed to fill a ca...

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Beware “misleading and deceptive” anti-gas advertising

Blog Post 11 October 2014

West Australian Newspapers Ltd has ruled that claims made in a full-page anti-gas advertisement were ruled to be “deceptive and misleading”. The Conservation Council of Western Australia (CCWA) advertisement, published in the Geraldton Guardian o...


Grave reservations: AWU should call for free market, not free lunch

Media Release 29 September 2014

A campaign launched today by the Australian Workers Union calling for gas subsidies for chosen industrial sectors is nothing more than protectionism dressed up as energy policy. Only new gas supplies, not new government interventions, will put downwa...

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NSW natural gas freeze

Media Release 25 September 2014

The oil and gas industry finds extraordinary both the timing and the content of reports that the NSW Government plans to extend its freeze on natural gas exploration.

Domestic Gas

Green Paper recognises importance of natural gas

Media Release 23 September 2014

An improved energy policy framework, including a reform of Australia’s labour markets, would remove unnecessary barriers to continued investment in exploration and production and enable the industry to increase domestic gas supplies.

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Harbouring regret as NSW misses the boat

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 23 September 2014

It’s unlikely to be an event noticed by Sydney’s millions. But sometime between now and Christmas, a ship will leave Gladstone harbour in central Queensland, with a cargo that will have a profound effect upon the lives of all who inhabit NSW’s...


Complaint over CCWA advertising upheld

Blog Post 23 September 2014

West Australian Newspapers Ltd has found that a Conservation Council of WA advertisement in the Geraldton Guardian on 11 July 2014, featured multiple false claims regarding risks associated with hydraulic fracturing, a process used to extract natural...

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APPEA welcomes appointment of new NOPSEMA CEO

Media Release 18 September 2014

Australia’s oil and gas industry welcomes the appointment of Stuart Smith as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). APPEA Chief Executive David Byers said: “Mr S...

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Gas production critical to eastern gas prices

Media Release 18 September 2014

Gas producers support calls by manufacturers to remove regulatory impediments currently restricting the production of natural gas for eastern Australia’s domestic supply.

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APPEA welcomes Federal Court visa ruling

Media Release 16 September 2014

Australia has one of the world's most stringent offshore visa systems. Any changes that make it more difficult to employ temporary workers would undermine global competitiveness and ultimately put projects and Australian jobs at risk.

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Science-based Marine Reserve Review good for environment and economy

Media Release 11 September 2014

APPEA welcomes the announcement on the review of Australia’s marine reserve network made today by Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Senator Richard Colbeck. APPEA supports the Australian Government’s commitment to use rigorous science and broad...

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APPEA welcomes legislation to validate environmental approvals

Media Release 10 September 2014

Legislation to validate environmental approvals in Western Australia has been welcomed by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. The legislation was introduced into the WA Parliament today after a review found a number of...

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Protectionist calls could derail economy

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 10 September 2014

Incitec Pivot CEO James Fazzino is just plain wrong when he suggests Australia is lacking investment in innovative, value-adding industry (Australia energy policy a ‘train wreck’, AFR, 8 September). Currently $200 billion worth of liquefied natur...

APPEA welcomes Energy Efficiency Opportunities program’s repeal

Media Release 4 September 2014

The oil and gas industry welcomes the passage through the Senate today of legislation to repeal the Energy Efficiency Opportunities Act 2006 and the Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program. The repeal comes on a day when the World Economic Foru...

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Reform and adapt to secure a bright future

Blog Post  |  by Michael Bradley 3 September 2014

An Oxford University report makes it clear that billions of dollars’ worth of LNG projects hang in the balance unless Australia boosts productivity, cuts red tape and reforms its labour market. The report – by the university’s Institute of Ener...

The facts

Transparent misinformation on gas pricing

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 3 September 2014

Michael West has repeated incorrect claims that the gas industry lacks transparency and is unwilling to provide information regarding industry development capacity (East-west gas pipeline folly whiffs of taxpayer rip-off, Sydney Morning Herald 30/8...

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Price not right on gas criticisms

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 29 August 2014

It seems strange that Bruce Robertson would highlight the looming gas-supply crisis facing NSW (‘‘Gloucester CSG cost too high’’,   Sydney Morning Herald 27/8 and Newcastle Herald 28/8) and then go on to criticise a project that aims to ease...


The Relevance of Productivity

Publication 29 August 2014

Martin Ferguson speech to the ALERA Conference, outlining how industry, government and unions must adapt to the changing global economic environment.

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Renewable Energy Target Review report

Media Release 28 August 2014

The RET Review’s recommendations recognise that the RET is not the most efficient way to achieve emissions reductions because it forces higher cost renewable energy into the electricity generation mix at the expense of lower cost emissions abatemen...


Water monitoring at the forefront of NSW gas development

Media Release 19 August 2014

Moves to garner an even greater understanding of underground water resources in NSW are welcomed by the state’s onshore gas industry. While NSW onshore gas projects are a relatively small drawer of groundwater resources, monitoring of all water use...


Resisting gas reservation is in everyone’s benefit

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 18 August 2014

The economic transition taking place in Australia today is delivering winners and losers because that is the nature of change. The role of government is not to resist change and to prop up the losers but to facilitate the shift for the long-term bene...


Gas production is proven to be healthy

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 16 August 2014

One-third of eastern Australia’s natural gas supply comes from coal seams and there are 1.3 million gas users in NSW alone. If natural gas was bad for our health, I think we’d know about it. What we do know is that tens of thousands of pe...

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Gas reservation no answer for manufacturing woes

Blog Post 13 August 2014

With some manufacturers still calling for domestic gas reservation, it is timely to examine Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) forecasts for domestic gas consumption over the next two decades. In an article for Business Spectator, energy a...

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CSIRO report points to environmental benefits of CSG

Media Release 1 August 2014

A new CSIRO report finds greenhouse gas emissions from Australian coal seam gas production wells to be very low, especially when compared to the volume of gas the wells produce.