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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...

missing green target

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...


Applications open for oil & gas scholarships

Blog Post 21 August 2014

Outstanding professional education and development opportunities. Applications are now open for three highly-valued scholarships in the oil and gas industry. The scholarships offer outstanding opportunities to current employees, as well as to those a...


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...

Dead end

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...

Green tick

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.

The facts

Fabricating ‘facts’ on fraccing

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 31 July 2014

Australia’s natural gas industry is used to uninformed media commentary based on the professional misinformation campaigns of environmental activists but Ross Mueller takes fact butchering to a new level (Clock’s ticking on fracking so let’s st...

NSW needs gas

Campaign to secure NSW natural gas supply

Media Release 28 July 2014

The natural gas industry is today launching a new public information campaign to encourage NSW politicians from all political parties to support the development of the local natural gas industry.

Gas flame on oven

Customers recognise need to increase gas production

Blog Post  |  by Damian Dwyer 25 July 2014

The Australian oil and gas industry welcomes findings of a new report from major gas customers that highlight the urgent need to increase production of natural gas across eastern Australia (“Gas supply can power our future”, Daily Telegraph 23 Ju...

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Manufacturers’ report reinforces need for gas expansion

Media Release 21 July 2014

The Australian oil and gas industry welcomes findings of a new report from major customers that highlight the urgent need to remove regulatory constraints and increase production of natural gas across eastern Australia. The gas customer groups commis...


Don’t give into fraccing fear

Blog Post  |  by Stedman Ellis 21 July 2014

Anti-development group Frack Free Geraldton continues to use discredited research in its efforts to frighten people into thinking shale gas poses a risk to groundwater. A recent advertisement published in the Geraldton Guardian (July 11), suggests th...

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Industry welcomes Government move to restore certainty

Media Release 18 July 2014

The oil and gas industry welcomes the Federal Government’s move to restore certainty to Australia’s offshore resources sector. The Senate’s decision on Wednesday night to disallow offshore visa regulations critical to the industry had the poten...

Carbon tax repeal removes cost burden on LNG exporters

Media Release 17 July 2014

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive David Byers said: “Today’s repeal of the carbon pricing mechanism is significant as it removes a cost facing Australian LNG exporters competing in global market...


ALP position threatens jobs & investment

Media Release 15 July 2014

The oil and gas industry encourages the Australian Labor Party to take a step back and make a clear-eyed assessment of what will be jeopardised if it fails to support the use of Maritime Crew visas. APPEA continues to support the repeal of the Offsho...


Natural gas: part of the greenhouse solution

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 15 July 2014

In The Weekend Australian, Danish writer and Adjunct Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Bjorn Lomborg, makes a compelling argument about the significant role natural gas has and will continue to have in reducing global greenhouse emissions...


More gas, not less, will benefit manufacturers

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 14 July 2014

Letter to the editor: The Australian The Australian Workers Union’s new National Secretary Scott McDine is right to identify energy security, and its direct link to the economic fortunes of his members, as a critical challenge (Howes’ success...


Alarmist rhetoric harms NSW energy security

Media Release 8 July 2014

The oil and gas industry is alarmed by the NSW Labor Party’s continued politicisation of gas development in that state. NSW has a looming energy security problem, with the state currently importing 95 per cent of its gas supply and facing the very...

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Dr Marita Bradshaw retires, leaving a great legacy

Blog Post 4 July 2014

Leading Australian geologist Dr Marita Bradshaw retired at the end of June after many years of dedicated service at Geoscience Australia. With more than 30 years of government and petroleum experience, Dr Bradshaw helped form strategies that have cem...

How do you start a $20 billion machine?

The Tech Drill  |  by Rick Wilkinson 3 July 2014

A modern LNG project is a very complicated mechanical system whose parts must work in harmony from the gas wells, through pipelines and processing plants, to the ship that stores the gas as LNG at -161C.

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Metgasco decision increases risk and uncertainty

Media Release 27 June 2014

The NSW Government’s decision to maintain its suspension of previously approved exploratory drilling work for natural gas at an unused quarry site sets an alarming precedent for resource development in the state.

ABC corrects CSG inaccuracy

Blog Post 26 June 2014

On 17 June 2014, APPEA received an apology from ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs in relation to inaccuracies about coal seam gas production on the ABC Gippsland website. Text on the website has since been amended and an editor’s note has been atta...

Gas flame on oven

Councils shun anti-resources campaign

Media Release 19 June 2014

Members of the Australian Local Government Association have turned their backs on anti-natural gas misinformation and scare campaigns and focused on regional development.

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UK Chief Scientist says fraccing a “safe technology”

Blog Post 19 June 2014

Hydraulic fracturing is safe when done properly, according to the UK Government’s top scientific advisor. In a recently published interview with the Guardian after a speaking tour of Britain, Professor Sir Mark Walport (pictured) said the risks i...

The facts

Women’s Weekly ignores balance on natural gas

Blog Post  |  by Michael Bradley 18 June 2014

There are often more than two sides to every story (“Farmer v Miner”, Women’s Weekly June 2014) and unfortunately Caroline Overington’s article has only captured one. There are clearly people who have concerns about the production of natural...

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Grave reservations: gas subsidies set up shortages

Blog Post  |  by Michael Bradley 16 June 2014

The International Energy Agency has released a new report confirming that interfering in gas markets deters investment in exploration and production. “Subsidies exacerbate demand and inevitably lead to shortages a decade later,” it says. Our next...

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Hope is not a strategy for securing NSW gas supply

Media Release 10 June 2014

Australia’s oil and gas industry has for two years* been warning that inadequate and poor NSW energy policy settings would result in higher-than-necessary east coast gas prices and declining NSW investment. Today the Independent Pricing and Regulat...

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Queensland’s natural gas industry sets platform for growth

Media Release 3 June 2014

Today’s Queensland Budget highlights the considerable value a growing and vibrant natural gas industry provides to the state with jobs, investment and community funding set to deliver benefits for decades to come.

Gas flame on oven

Report rejects gas reservation

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 3 June 2014

The evidence against Western Australia’s populist and protectionist domestic gas reservation policy continues to mount. Last month, the state’s independent Economic Regulation Authority surprised few when it called for the policy to be dumped aft...

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All states need to commit to gas supply

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 29 May 2014

Concerns over natural gas supply (Gas prices a threat to industry – AFR May 28) would be alleviated if governments in Victoria and NSW committed to regulations that allowed for the safe production of local gas resources. Three recent announcements...

Dead end

More delays for Victoria’s gas explorers

Media Release 28 May 2014

The Victorian Government’s decision not to approve work and operational plans for onshore gas exploration drilling activities represents more delay to companies looking to bolster the state’s energy supply.