A major energy conference this week heard from policymakers, regulators, energy users and companies right across the supply chain, and beyond the broad agreement that there is, now more than ever, an urgent need for policy stability and certainty, the role of natural gas was high on the agenda.
Activists often try to frighten people with their talk of ‘ecological catastrophe’ and the ‘industrial wasteland’ supposedly created by natural gas drilling.
“At last there are glimmers of hope on the energy price and supply front.”
So said experienced and highly respected business and economics commentator Robert Gottliebsen in The Australian newspaper this week.
Why? Because he has detected a change in the way politicians are responding to rising energy prices and the gas-supply crunch facing Australia’s East Coast.
In this letter to the West Australian newspaper, ERIC Director Steve Wright sets the record straight on some alarmist claims about supposed health impacts from the gas industry.
ERIC Director Steve Wright’s Letter to the Editor on why the Narrabri Gas Project is now more important than ever.
ERIC Director Steve Wright comments on the responses of the NSW and Victorian Governments to calls for the removal of State bans on gas exploration and development.
Amidst the headlines this week about forecast shortfalls in domestic gas supplies, there are some pointers from regulators and policymakers to the impacts that state-based moratoria on onshore gas exploration and development are having on supply availability.
Multiple choice time: when the State adjoining yours has well-documented energy stability issues, due in large part to the high penetration and rapid uptake of renewable energy, what should you do?