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Gas reservation is economic voodoo

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 30 March 2015

If you want to kill off investment, kill off jobs, and drive up the price of gas for manufacturers then the measures recently prescribed by the Australian Workers Union are an excellent way to go about it. Which is strange, given the union says it is...

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Offshore oil and gas sector needs certainty

Media Release 26 March 2015

The Australian Government must move quickly to provide certainty for the oil and gas sector following a Federal Court ruling which undermines legal protections for foreign workers employed in vital offshore operations. The Court has upheld a challeng...

APPEA welcomes historic NT exploration permits

Media Release 24 March 2015

The granting of the first two petroleum exploration permits over land managed by the Northern Land Council is another vote of confidence in the Northern Territory’s onshore oil and gas industry. APPEA Director – Northern Territory Steven Gerhardy...

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NSW Labor puts politics ahead of jobs and cleaner energy

Media Release 20 March 2015

NSW Labor’s plan to stop Narrabri Natural Gas Project would forgo the creation of 1400 regional jobs i, royalties, significant income for farmers and the chance to supply up to half of the state’s gas needs.

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Diverse industry groups make the case for the diesel fuel rebate

Media Release 18 March 2015

An unprecedented coalition of groups from the agriculture, fishing, forestry, tourism and resources sectors has joined together to set the record straight on the case for the fuel tax credits scheme, also commonly known as the diesel fuel rebate.


Powering Regional Australia: The case for Fuel Tax Credits

Publication 18 March 2015

An unprecedented coalition of groups from the agriculture, fishing, forestry, tourism and resources sectors has joined together to set the record straight on the case for the fuel tax credits scheme, also commonly known as the diesel fuel rebate.

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AWU still barking up the wrong tree on natural gas

Media Release 17 March 2015

The AWU would be better served arguing for the immediate development of NSW’s plentiful natural gas resources instead of advocating imposing unworkable laws on other states to subsidise gas supply.

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New gas contract undermines reservation lobby argument

Media Release 9 March 2015

Claims by a pro-gas reservation lobby group that its members in Western Australia are struggling to secure long-term supply have been undermined by a new five-year contract signed by Santos and Alcoa of Australia Ltd. The deal will see Santos supply...


Gas export alarmists grab the wrong end of the pineapple

Blog Post 3 March 2015

It’s strange that the Industrial Energy Consumers of America (IECA) would rely on one article, in one Australian newspaper, informed by only one analyst, to prosecute an argument before US Congress that Australia is exporting too much liquefied nat...

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APPEA urges activists to accept umpire’s decision

Media Release 26 February 2015

After a nine-month inquiry, an independent report concludes that hydraulic fracturing can continue to be safely used to develop the Northern Territory’s shale gas resource, estimated to be one of the largest in the world.

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Katherine Town Council votes no to local jobs

Media Release 26 February 2015

Katherine Town Council has effectively voted ‘No’ to local jobs and investment by supporting a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and shale gas development.

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Natural gas – time for NSW to power more of NSW

Media Release 25 February 2015

The ‘Supply and cost of gas and liquid fuels’ inquiry, chaired by the NSW Shooters’ Party and NSW Greens, offers no sensible or viable solution to impending gas challenges. Rather, it suggests NSW’s future energy security can be found in aski...

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Victoria needs more natural gas, not another lengthy inquiry

Media Release 28 January 2015

Science, state-of-the-art technology and 60 years of demonstrated gas industry operation in Australia have been ignored in favour of a year-long Parliamentary inquiry that will delay the development of new gas supplies in Victoria for years. APPEA Ch...

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Workplace reform should be central to national productivity agenda

Media Release 23 January 2015

The Productivity Commission review of Australia’s workplace relations framework is an opportunity for much-needed reform of a system that is failing the national interest. Improving workplace productivity is crucial to the Australian oil and gas in...

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No use keeping up with Jones’ hot air

Blog Post  |  by Paul Fennelly 21 January 2015

No doubt the notorious broadcaster’s trademark nastiness and unique mix of abuse and vitriol will confuse and shock many Queenslanders. But people should appreciate that many years on the Sydney waterfront with a butler in tow and a chauffeur o...

LNG’s future has not been shaken by the oil shock

Blog Post  |  by David Byers 21 January 2015

Just as in real estate, position is paramount in the upstream petroleum business – and Australia’s position is not to be underestimated as the latest version of the long-running oil-price roller coaster imposes itself on the world’s...

Statement from APPEA Chairman, Mr Bruce Lake

Media Release 15 January 2015

  APPEA’s Chief Executive, Mr David Byers, will leave his position in March to take up a senior role in public policy and government affairs with BHP Billiton. David has made a valuable contribution to APPEA and he has been an extremely effect...

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World first for Queensland as LNG tanker leaves Gladstone

Media Release 6 January 2015

The departure of the first LNG tanker from Queensland’s Gladstone Harbour marks the start of Australia’s dramatic transition to becoming the world’s largest supplier of this critically important energy source.

APPEA welcomes One Stop Shop progress

Media Release 15 December 2014

APPEA welcomes progress by the Commonwealth and state governments towards developing a One Stop Shop for environmental approvals.

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Another nail in the domestic gas reservation coffin

Media Release 12 December 2014

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council has recognised that interventions in gas markets present no viable way to securing gas supply and putting downward pressure on gas prices.

A question of skills

The Tech Drill 11 December 2014

With Australia's gas industry expanding at an unprecedented rate, New Scientist asks whether the country can meet the huge demand for skilled engineers and scientists.

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APPEA congratulates new Victorian leadership team

Media Release 4 December 2014

The oil and gas industry looks forward to working with the new Victorian Government, which has a tremendous opportunity to secure investment in the development of the state’s gas resources to the benefit of all Victorians.

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Digital prospectors

The Tech Drill 2 December 2014

New Scientist examines the sophisticated new sensing and analysis techniques for sniffing out hydrocarbons in ever-more complex geological formations.

APPEA Board elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman

Media Release 1 December 2014

The Board of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) is pleased to announce the election of Mr Bruce Lake as Chairman and Mr Warren Ford as Vice Chairman, following APPEA’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 Nov...

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CCWA still peddling anti-fraccing misinformation

Blog Post  |  by Stedman Ellis 30 November 2014

The Conservation Council of WA’s warning that hydraulic fracturing threatens tourist attractions such as The Pinnacles (“What the frack?” Sunday Times, November 23) is just the latest example of scaremongering by groups ideological...

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Underground revolution

The Tech Drill 28 November 2014

New Scientist examines Australia’s huge reserves of gas in coal seams and shales – and the challenge of how to extract them.