US royalty and project structures essential to UK shale gas development: Int’l energy lawyer

In the US, the pace of development of onshore unconventional gas developments has been simply astonishing. In the UK, however, the situation could not be more different. Despite the existence of a significant unconventional resources base, the rate of progress has been pitifully slow. Much of this difference in fortune can be attributed to the…


China is putting real effort into reducing carbon emissions: Lowy Institute

This is the executive summary of a report entitled CHINA’S CLIMATE CHANGE POLICIES: ACTORS AND DRIVERS prepared by Lisa Williams of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. The report offers an informed and nuanced account of the state of play. The internal battle against air pollution and the need to manage energy demand are key drives…

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European Commission serves notice to Poland over shale gas impact assessment

The European Commission has begun legal proceedings against Poland for amending its national laws to allow shale drills at depths of up to 5,000 metres without first having assessed the potential environmental impacts, EurActiv reports. In June, Brussels sent Poland formal notice that it was opening a case against it for infringing the environmental impact…


Fracking in south west Queensland could help address Australia’s looming gas shortfall

A central Australian exploration company says its exploration program in the Southern Georgina Basin is assessing the potential to frack for shale gas. Central Petroleum Ltd, a junior explorer and producer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, has spudded the first of three wells in Queensland’s south west and is awaiting approval to explore at…