AGL sells back ‘unviable’ coal seam gas licence to NSW government | The Australian

Published in The Australian by Sarah-Jane Tasker, Reporter, Sydney, March 9th 2015 AGL Energy has sold back a coal seam gas licence to the NSW government because it was not “commercially viable”. The Australian-listed company said it had taken advantage of the state government’s petroleum exploration licence (PEL) voluntarily buyback scheme, which forms part of the state’s NSW gas plan. AGL (AGL) said it had deemed that the PEL it was selling back to the government was not commercially …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

… for use across a wide range of large-scale applications. ESP 250s, for instance, are more efficient and will soon prove more cost-effective than the conventional natural-gas and coal-fired “peaker” plants used by grid operators to meet peak electricity demand. They are also much better-suited than Li-ion batteries for applications such as utility and grid operator transmission and distribution investment deferral, renewables management, microgrid implementation, emergency back-up power …

Santos LNG expansion: Independent Expert Scientific Committee report sounds warning over Queensland coal seam gas plans – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By environment and science reporter Jake Sturmer – Updated Thu at 5:27pm Top experts are warning of significant scientific uncertainties arising from a massive coal seam gas expansion proposal in Queensland. The ABC has obtained a report from the Federal Government’s Independent Expert Scientific Committee, which flags a concerning lack of information in project documents and says more work needs to be done on Santos’s Gladstone LNG expansion proposal. The proposed expansion …

Film to highlight CSG dangers prior to election | Echonetdaily

A film highlighting the invasive nature of coal seam gas will screen throughout the northern rivers and other areas in the lead-up to next month’s state election. Called Frackman, the film tells the story of accidental activist Dayne Pratzky and his struggle against the expansion of international gas companies in Queensland’s Darling Downs. Dayne embarks on a journey that transforms him from conservative pig-shooter to sophisticated global activist. Producer Simon Nasht said it was vital …

Abbott’s support for Old King Coal is worse than knighting a prince – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

… least of it. The Prime Minister’s knighthood decision was dumb, but it isn’t hurting anybody (except maybe himself) in the comprehensive, long-lasting way some of his other decisions are. Worse than knighting a prince is pledging allegiance to Old King coal. Who could forget when Tony Abbott declared that, “coal is good for humanity”? It is not. coal has been left behind by the clever, cleaner alternatives we have today. Then the PM said, “coal has a big future in …

AGL’s Camden coal seam gas claims spark transparency fears

AGL told government officials in September that up to 100,000 standard cubic feet of gas were emitted over about two hours. Photo: Rob Homer The amount of coal seam gas thought to have gushed from a well near homes at Camden last year was up to 10 times more than the figure energy company AGL later made public, government documents show, prompting claims the public was kept in the dark. Documents obtained under freedom of information laws also revealed a series of safety issues and accidents …

Coal seam gas is not worth risk | The Border Mail

Australian news story. LABOR candidate Ross Jackson has backed the party’s opposition to coal seam gas exploration in the Albury electorate. His commitment to farming areas in the electorate comes as the NSW Resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts visits Albury today. “Since nominating in December I have been contacted by many people, particularly farmers, who are deeply concerned about this issue,” Cr Jackson said. “The electorate of Albury contains some of the best farmland in …

Gas investments may ‘never pay off’ | Newcastle Herald

FUTURE NSW gas demand is being overestimated and consumption could halve in the next decade, according to new Melbourne Energy Institute research. The analysis throws further doubt on the long-term viability of AGL’s Gloucester coal seam gas project, that has been indefinitely shut down after the discovery of BTEX chemicals in water samples. The Melbourne Energy Institute predicts NSW is facing an “inevitable price shock” and many gas consumers will abandon the fossil fuel in …

Evidence CSG project may be in danger | Daily Liberal

As candidates for the seat of Dubbo argue about the merits and dangers of coal seam gas and the stance government should take on the issue, one CSG project in the state’s north west is looking more in danger. Anti-CSG campaigners are claiming a win in their long running battle with gas giant Santos over the controversial Narrabri Gas Project in the Pilliga Forest. Organisations including the North West Alliance and Wilderness Society Newcastle are claiming Santos missed a deadline that was …

Call for “equal rights” for landholders dealing with miners | Fraser Coast Chronicle

A MAJOR property rights group is calling on Queensland political parties to ensure rural land owners are “not disadvantaged” due to the resource industry or resource infrastructure. Property Rights Australia has called on politicians to commit the simple, straight forward principle. PRA chairman Dale Stiller said landowners should not be subsidising mining, coal seam gas projects and associated infrastructure. “This is exactly what is happening when negative impacts on …