NZ Environment Commissioner calls for better fracking regulations

By Neil Ritchie THE NEW Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has found regulations for monitoring and managing the environmental risks of onshore oil and gas drilling need to be improved, particularly if fracking is involved. Commissioner Jan Wright released her second report into hydraulic fracturing in early June as a follow-up to her initial 2012 study and found much of the public concern about fracking was associated with the

Toxfree leads in waste management

ENVIRONMENTAL and industrial service provider Toxfree has demonstrated its strength in Australia’s oil and gas industry to attendees at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Conference and Exhibition in 2014. The company signed a contract worth about $17 million with Queensland-based Titan Energy Services which started in January 2014, providing waste collection and water services for drilling and camp activities at various locations in the Surat basin, Queensland. It

Linc faces fines over environment damage claims

A NINE month investigation into Linc Energy’s pilot underground coal gasification (UCG) plant near Chinchilla has culminated in the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection charging the formerly Australia-listed company with causing serious environmental harm. Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said while the harm allegedly caused to the environment was considered serious, the information available to the department suggested there was no immediate risk to neighbouring landholder water