Queensland explores mining rehabilitation and financial assurance reforms

At a glance The Queensland Government has proposed broad policy and legislative reform in relation to financial assurance and mine rehabilitation with a view to improving rehabilitation performance, reducing reliance on the financial assurance system and clarifying mine rehabilitation requirements. … Continue reading

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Clive Palmer and Al Gore team up in a remarkable day for carbon in Australia

Yesterday was a remarkable day here for carbon-related issues. Clive Palmer has substantially changed position. He won’t support Direct Action – he says that it ‘is a waste of money’. Nor will he support the abolition of various key existing … Continue reading

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Warkworth Extension Project – Court of Appeal upholds LEC’s decision to overturn Part 3A approval

The NSW Court of Appeal has recently delivered a judgment upholding a decision by the NSW Land and Environment Court to overturn the Part 3A approval granted for the Warkworth Extension Project. The judgment contains important lessons about objector merits … Continue reading

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Victoria to raise the bar for mining exemptions

The Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources recently introduced the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Amendment Bill 2013 (Vic) (the Amendment Bill) into the Victorian Parliament. The Amendment Bill, if passed, will likely make it more difficult for land to be … Continue reading

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NSW streamlines standard mining lease conditions

On 17 October 2013, the NSW Resources and Energy Minister Chris Hartcher announced significant amendments to the standard conditions for mining leases to reduce regulatory duplication. The amendments will result in the removal of conditions that that seek to address … Continue reading

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Queensland lifts ban on shale oil mining

Yesterday the Newman Government announced a new oil shale policy that it will allow the development of a commercial shale industry in Queensland but leaves in place the existing 20 year moratorium suspending development of the McFarlane oil shale deposit … Continue reading

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NSW Strategic Regional Land Use Package unveiled

What’s new? The NSW Government has today released the long awaited final Strategic Regional Land Use package (SRLU Package). The SRLU Package contains a suite of new plans, policies and codes aimed at reducing land use conflicts between agricultural land … Continue reading

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Victoria declares ban on fraccing

The Victorian Government has declared bans on: approvals to undertake hydraulic fracturing or “fraccing” as part of onshore gas exploration; and the issue of new exploration licences for coal seam gas (CSG). This move follows the ban on fraccing by … Continue reading

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Are you prepared for the new Streamlining Bill?

Companies operating in the Queensland energy and resources sector should prepare themselves for the commencement of these new laws and seek specific advice on the effect of these changes. On 2 August 2012 the Queensland Parliament introduced the Mines Legislation … Continue reading

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CSG: The state of play in Victoria

In recent weeks, the approach to coal seam gas (CSG) mining in Victoria has been explored and debated both in the Victorian Parliament and out in the farming lands of the State. Recent Developments In moves to understand how better … Continue reading

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