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Former head of Rio Tinto Indonesia Noke Kiroyan ponders free trade and how to sell more coal

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

Noke Kiroyan, the former head of Rio Tinto Indonesia, said the energy sector was failing to prepare ade­quately for the amount of coal storage required to power domestic growth over coming decades, reported The Australian (5/9/2007, p. 13). Read the rest of this entry »

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Vic Greens majority triggered: for the first time in more than four years, a Bill overturned

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

For the first time in more than four years, a Victorian Government Bill was blown away, and a mushroom cloud of outrage erupted from the government benches, reported The Age (8/9/2007, p.4). Read the rest of this entry »

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AGL, Vestas pull out of Vic wind projects: loss of Fed MRET scheme, low electricity-price, blamed

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

It had been a stormy few weeks for Australia’s wind industry, with two investors pulling out of wind projects in Victoria, wrote Mathew Murphy and Liz Minchin in The Age (3/9/2007, p.B2). Read the rest of this entry »

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Howard to sign uranium supply deal with Russia at APEC, as survey shows 66pc of Australians wary on safeguards

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

Russia would agree not to on-sell Australian uranium to nuclear proliferators as a condition of a civil supply agreement to be signed with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit, Foreign Minister Alexandler Downer indicated, reported The Australian Financial Review (5/9/2007, p.11). Read the rest of this entry »

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Esso’s proposed gas processing plant at Longford does not need Environment Effects Statement, says Minister

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

An Environment Effects Statement (EES) will not be required to assess the effects of Esso’s proposed gas conditioning plant at Longford, the Minister for Planning Justin Madden announced in a Victorian Ministry for Planning Media Release on 24 August 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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Geoscience Australia looking to staff new CO2 dump program: six positions including a trainer for Asia-Pacific partners

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

Geoscience Australia placed a recruitment advertisement for six geoscientists to work in a new program which aimed to reduce CO2 emissions,”Geoscience Australia is seeking motivated people who are keen to contribute to the reduction of atmospheric CO2 emissions by being involved in the development of a new program for geological storage of carbon dixoide within the Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Advice Group,” the advertisement read. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chevron Barrow Island 120 million tonne CO2 dump gets OK: expert panels protect unique biodiversity of island and marine environment

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

Chevron Australia yesterday cleared the final stage of the approvals process for its mammoth Barrow Island CO2 dump project, as Western Australia’s Environment Minister David Templeman imposed 36 state environmental conditions on the undertaking, reported The Mercury (8/9/2007, p. 32). Read the rest of this entry »

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NSW planners prepare to close NGACs system; prepare for transition to national emissions trading

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

The announcement by the Prime Minister in early June that the Commonwealth Government will introduce a national emissions trading scheme follows the announcement in February by all state and territory leaders that their governments would, in the absence of a Commonwealth commitment, implement a national emissions trading scheme by the end of 2010, reported GGAS Newsletter, Issue 5 (10/9/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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Satellite maps show shocking gas-flare energy waste: 170bn cubic metres of natural gas lost to oil producers’ flares in 2006; emitting 400mt CO2/yr

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

A study commissioned by the World Bank and carried out by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated that, based on satellite photos, 170 billion cubic metres of natural gas went up in oil producers’ flares last year, reported The Age (1/9/2007, p.B3). Read the rest of this entry »

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Buyer beware: “Voluntary” credit NGAC buyers warned NSW government does not verify the green-accounting, of the seller

Posted by gmarkets on 10 September, 2007

Over the past two years, the level of interest in using NSW Greenhouse Abatement Certificates (NGACs) to voluntarily offset greenhouse gas emissions had increased significantly, according to the GGAS Newsletter, of the NSW government, Issue 5, (10/9/2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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