China is heading towards what will likely be an unwelcome status as the world’s biggest creator of carbon emissions. But Australia is doing its bit to help reduce the impact of its urbanisation and industrial growth in the country with the world’s biggest population and second biggest economy (after the USA).
Historically, state governments are upbeat if they sense a potential development project that could employ people and lower prices for a widely used commodity – especially if private enterprise is willing to take the risk and pay for that development.
More anti-gas health claims have emerged this summer – but for those watching the industry over the past five years, they have a very familiar ring. The latest claims are published in the International Journal of Environmental Studies.
Recent data released by Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), operated by Origin Energy, has shown the flow of gas from the Condamine River seeps has fallen considerably to the lowest levels recorded.
‘Gas prices, supply on the mend: watchdog.’ That was the heading in The Age this week, as the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission provided insight into the state of play in the East Coast gas market.
A thorough scientific study of hydraulic fracturing has found it poses little risk to the Northern Territory environment. This is no surprise – it is the second major study to come to the same conclusion in the NT in the past few years and the latest in a strong of a dozen or so conducted around the country.
While it isn’t the final word from the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory, the draft report is certainly a welcome indication of the results to come – that the risks associated with onshore natural gas development and fracking can be managed with effective regulation in place.
Studies release today from the CSIRO and the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) confirm that the use of chemicals in the coal seam gas (CSG) industry pose little risk to industry workers, the community or the environment.