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 … Continue reading

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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. … 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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