New research from the CSIRO has confirmed fugitive methane emissions from Australian coal seam gas well completions to be “virtually zero”.
A tried and true activist tactic was on full display this week, with activist groups in the Northern Territory calling into question the credentials of a leading economics consultancy.
A report released this month by a Perth-based academic, Dr Ryan Vogwill, has suggested that the well-understood practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) could pose a risk to Western Australian groundwater – and therefore it should be banned.
The opinion of State and Territory Governments is that more inquiries are needed looking into the thoroughly understood well-stimulation process of hydraulic fracturing – tagged “fracking” by activists so that they can tell companies to “frack off”.
The SA Government this week handed down its formal response to the findings of last year’s Parliamentary inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the South-East.
Enviro-activists are fond of directly linking fossil fuels to extreme weather – as they have again done with Cyclone Debbie, which caused heavy rainfall and burst river banks in northern New South Wales in March.
The Victorian Government is under pressure from all sides as it tries to justify what Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan this week described as a “ridiculous, stupid” energy policy.
For possibly the first time in its history, Australia’s reputation as a positive destination for resources investment is under threat. And that is a significant matter.