the initial report of an independent review into coal seam gas activities in new south Wales conducted by the state’s chief scientist and engineer says more trust building needs to be done. Professor Mary O’Kane, who was commissioned in February by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to conduct the study, recommended the State Government take steps to build public trust in its capacity to oversee a safe coal seam gas industry.
On the final sitting day of the 43rd parliament, and in the dying days of the Gillard leadership, a new amendment to the Migration act was passed, changing the way companies will operate in the waters off Australia from 30 June 2014. The catalyst for the change was a Federal Court case decided in 2012 – Allseas Construction vs Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. The case was won by the
Environmental planning work for the next big development of Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry is set for a rapid expansion, according to the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The marine research agency is looking to hire seven senior scientists as it begins the critical baseline studies needed for environmental planning in the offshore oil and gas industry. AIMS Research Director Jamie Oliver said the expansion was especially notable in