Productivity Commission announces inquiry into mineral and energy resource exploration

The Productivity Commission (Commission) has announced a 12 month inquiry into the non financial barriers to mineral and energy resource exploration. The inquiry was established on the recommendation of the Policy Transition Group, which noted that ‘a range of approvals are required before exploration can begin, including land access, native title, indigenous and non-indigenous heritage, … Read more

State approves Western Australia’s first uranium mine

Western Australian Environment Minister Bill Marmion has granted approval for Toro Energy to proceed with the State’s first uranium mine to be developed, four years after the Liberal government lifted a ban imposed by Labor. The project is based at the Centipede and Lake Way deposits near Wiluna in the State’s Mid-West, processing approximately 820 … Read more

NSW inquiry plugs CSG

Last week the NSW Upper House tabled its inquiry into the environmental, economic and social impacts of mining coal seam gas (CSG), highlighting that this pipeline of regulation for CSG will be a prevalent issue. As with any future regulation law makers must consider the trade off between clearing the fog of uncertainty vis-à-vis stifling … Read more

Carbon price passed: Now what?

After many years, 2 Prime Ministers and 3 opposition leaders to name a few, the Federal Parliament passed carbon price legislation yesterday. The price will apply from 1 July 2012 at $23/t Carbon Dioxide equivalent in the first year. Many will be unhappy about this, but our focus must now turn to what do we … Read more

Unconventional moves: changes to WA onshore gas regulation

WA has proven it is alive to the fact that there is an increasing importance of unconventional gas resources, with the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) releasing on Monday its response to Dr Tina Hunter’s report on the regulation of shale, coal seam and tight gas activities in onshore WA. Stakeholders should take … Read more