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29/10/2014

US shale boom driving jobs and economic growth

Latest research and figures show that that the unconventional gas boom in the United States is driving a recovery in jobs and economic growth. Ground zero for the US “shale revolution” has been in states such as North Dakota, which now boasts the lowest unemployment level among all 50 states –…

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29/10/2014

Victoria not among states tipped for strong economic growth

If ever there was an example of what natural gas projects mean to state and territory economies it came in the form of economic growth estimates released by Deloitte Access Economics this week. In Queensland, for example, $65 billion worth of natural gas mega-projects are behind an anticipated economic boost as…

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29/10/2014

Victorian government releases exploration permit map

The Victorian Government has launched a new online map, aimed at improving knowledge and transparency about the location of mining and exploration permits across Victoria. The “Mining licences near me” online tool gives viewers the opportunity to see petroleum and mineral tenements at both the application and approved stages, including…

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29/10/2014

Gas at the crossroads

A new report called “Gas at the crossroads: Australia’s hard choice” from independent policy think tank, The Grattan Institute, shows Victorian gas bills are rising and more gas development is needed to put downward pressure on prices. Grattan’s Energy Program Director, Tony Wood said recently: “Huge changes in Australia’s gas market…

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16/10/2014

Opinion piece: Fossil fuels crucial to our way of life

By APPEA Chief Executive David Byers Far from quitting a dying industry, the Australian National University (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 ANU brought an end to his career as federal attorney…

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16/10/2014

CSIRO survey finds wellbeing is “robust” in Queenland rural communities

An investigation into the social impacts of natural gas projects in Queensland has found the wellbeing of nearby communities to be robust and higher than many other regions across the state. The report is part of a three year project of the CSIRO, which looks at how gas activities impact on…

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16/10/2014

Qld farmers benefiting from natural gas investment

Treated water – a cheap and clean by-product of CSG production – is helping farmers boost agricultural production in South West Queensland. Ashley Geldard, a farmer of Queensland’s Western Downs region, told the Australian newspaper earlier this month that treated water available for his family farm “Cullingral” is like a miracle.…

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16/10/2014

NSW Chief Scientist endorses balanced approach to natural gas

The report released recently by the NSW Chief Scientist should give the green light to the responsible development of the state’s natural gas resources. The report states that the technical challenges and risks posed by the industry can be safely managed and notes the high standards of engineering and professionalism in…

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16/10/2014

Vic gas moratorium is robbing farmers, says Minister

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says Victoria’s moratorium on gas exploration is robbing farmers and regional communities of economic prosperity. Victoria has banned exploration approvals until July 2015. However, following release of the Federal government's Energy Green Paper, Mr Macfarlane, has said that it is time for Victoria to make “responsible…

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26/09/2014

Open mind needed for Victorian gas

President of the National Farmer Federation (NFF) Brent Finlay has said that rural communities should be open-minded about coal-seam gas and its potential benefits. Mr Finlay told the Weekly Times that Queensland’s Surat Basin was now “one of the most dynamic areas” in regional Australia ­ following development of the state’s…

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