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On 18 March 2021, the Commonwealth Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia, Keith Pitt, announced the opening of the $50 million Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program.
Our update covers mining, oil and gas, electricity and renewable energy.
The Federal Government demands 1000MW of dispatchable capacity investment by April 2023, otherwise it will intervene and build a new gas-fired power station in NSW’s Hunter Valley.
We examine recent amendments made to the Environmental Protection Regulations 1987 (WA) that require proposals involving fracking to be referred to the EPA for assessment.
A summary of the key findings and recommendations drawn from the Gas Market Inquiry 2017 – 2025 Interim Report released on 17 August 2020 (Report).
The blasting at Juukan Gorge, which has received considerable media coverage during the past month, has again brought to the fore what some regard as apparent issues with the Aboriginal Heritage...
The Queensland Government has released five new areas of land totalling 1,459km2 in Queensland’s Bowen and Surat basins for petroleum and gas exploration.
On 20 August 2020, the Queensland Government announced that it will invest $5 million towards a pre-feasibility study of a potential new gas pipeline from the Bowen Basin.
On 5 August 2019 the Federal Resources Minister, Matt Canavan MP announced that the Productivity Commission will conduct a 12-month review of the regulation of the resources sector.
On 3 May 2019, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an application brought by the administrators of an oil and gas exploration company, Paltar Petroleum Limited (Paltar) to adjourn proceedings...
The Queensland Court of Appeal last week upheld a decision that a demand for payment under an unconditional bank guarantee was invalid because it failed to state expressly that it had been signed...
With the Federal Government announcing its intention to introduce a Consumer Data Right (CDR) from 1 July 2019, how can you be prepared?
Back in June 2017 we examined the final report of the Government’s review of the design and operation of the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT) (the Callaghan Review). Following the Government’s...
On 14 March 2017, the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW gave its decision in People for the Plains Incorporated v Santos NSW (Eastern) Pty Ltd  NSWCA 46 (Case). The Case considered...
Recent amendments to legislation aim to improve functionality regarding entering into petroleum agreements, even if relevant geological information is not fully known.
COAG Energy Council's Gas Market Reform Package adopts many of the recommendations for east coast gas market reform made by the AEMC and the ACCC earlier this year.
Two new pieces of legislation are expected to commence operation later this year, and are hoped to improve the oil & gas industry.
Are east coast gas markets fit for purpose? Are they competitive? A closer look at the case for change.
The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper announcing its intention to reduce "Green Tape" for business and government by providing a streamlined regulatory process for environmental...
The Short Term Trading Market (STTM) is a mandatory wholesale gas market which operates at various hubs,1 initially at the Sydney Hub and the Adelaide...
The package of legislation to implement the carbon pricing mechanism (also called the carbon tax) was introduced into the Federal Parliament on 13 September 2011. The Clean Energy Bill 2011 (Cth...
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