Increasing media attention around fraccing has in part elevated stakeholder concerns

On 29 August 2012, the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Environment) Regulations 2012 (WA) (Environment Regulations) commenced operation, codifying the existing requirement for all onshore petroleum activities to have an approved Environment Plan. To support the Environment Regulations, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has also published Guidelines for the preparation of an Environment … Read more

Mining blog recap for 2012

2012 saw the merger between Herbert Smith and Freehills, creating one of the world’s most experienced energy and resources firms. As it draws to a close, we pause to reflect on some of the key developments in the mining industry. This year we saw several regulatory and legislative changes take place in the mining sector: … Read more

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 the New South Wales Government, which has been in place since July 2011. The measures … Read more