Australia’s Battle of Beetaloo

Some are calling it the Battle for Beetaloo. Beetaloo is an energy-rich El Dorado, a little known region in the remote Australian outback which, according to miners, can solve Australia’s natural gas problems for the next 30 years if not longer. Energy poor Asia is also hungry for its hidden riches even if caring even less…


Iron miner Fortescue’s Chief seeks shale exploration permits in Western Australia

Mining entrepreneur Andrew Forrest has applied for a broad parcel of oil and gas permits across Western Australia’s Kimberley region. Mr Forrest’s private company Minderoo said its subsidiary Squadron Energy had partnered with private group Goshawk Energy to apply for more than 220,000 square kilometres of permits or 40% of the Kimberley’s Canning Basin, which…


Exploratory shale gas well in Australia’s Northern Territory looks good

Origin Energy Resources says its fracked exploratory gas well on Amungee Mungee Station in the Northern Territory is performing as expected. The well was fracked early last month, just before the new Labor Government’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing came into force. Gas has been burning from well for the past three weeks, in a practice known as flaring,…


New Govt in Australia’s Northern Territory adds to shale gas doubts

Australia’s centre-left Labor Party won a convincing vote in the Northern Territory election on Saturday, a result that heightens existing uncertainty over development of the region’s onshore gas industry and could ward off foreign investment. Labor, which trounced the ruling Country Liberals Party, has promised to put in place a moratorium on fracking until its…


Industry welcomes new Western Australia shale regulations

The introduction of new resource management regulations this week in Western Australia should enhance community confidence in local oil and gas activities, The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) said in a statement. The new safeguards follow an independent review of WA’s regulatory framework for petroleum and geothermal activities and reflect world-best practice for…