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Coal Seam Gas Industry (Question No. 210)

Senator Siewert asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 17 November 2010: With reference to the coal seam gas mine planned for Curtis Island, within the Murray-Darling Basin catchment area:

(1) Have any studies been conducted into the cumulative effects of the coal seam gas industry on the area.

(2) What measures are in place to assess and manage the cumulative effects of the multiple coal seam gas mines.

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Australia out of step as UK reviews deepwater drilling

The Australian Greens have expressed support for a ruling in the UK High Court which will see a judicial review of their Government’s decision to grant deepwater drilling licences off the Shetland coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says the reasons behind the ruling highlight concerns about the Australian Government’s decision to allow exploration in deep water in the Great Australian Bight.

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Caring for Country & NRM

Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee - Monday 21 February 2011

CHAIR—I welcome the officers from Sustainable Resource Management. We will go to Senator Siewert.

Senator SIEWERT—I understand your discussion document has been released for the review.

Mr Thompson—Yes.

Senator SIEWERT—When was it released?

Mr Thompson—Today.

Senator SIEWERT—That is what I thought. What time was it released?

Mr Thompson—I think it went on the web at about 3.30.

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IPA – Caring For Country – NRS Program Funding

Environment and Communications - Monday 21 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT—Generally, I want to continue on the course of questioning I was asking about last estimates in terms of funding. In fact, I think over the last two estimates we have been talking about whether the cuts that were announced last year in terms of the funding for Caring for our Country actually moved to the NRS program. My understanding from the answers that we got was that it did. I am just wondering whether you have any more detail about where those cuts have been made to the program.

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PTTEP not ready to take on new leases – Greens

The Australian Greens said today the Federal Minister for the Environment should reject a request from PTTEP Australasia to begin two new drilling projects off Australia's northern coast.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens Marine spokesperson says there are still strong doubts about PTTEP's ability to operate safely in Australian waters in the wake of the Montara oil spill.

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Timor Sea Oil Spill

Timor Sea Oil Spill

Hansard, Wednesday 9 February 2011

Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia) (1.14 pm)— I rise to speak about the fallout from the oil spill in the Timor Sea—the PTTEP and Montara spill—the need for ongoing improvement in our oil and gas regulations and concerns I have around the granting of further leases before the improvements that have been promised by the government to our regulations have been made.

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Greens respond to announcement of PTTEP compliance monitoring

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the Government’s Independent Review of the PTTEP Australasia Montara Action Plan but are concerned that the company will still be allowed to apply for new licences during an imposed 18 month compliance monitoring program.

PTTEP Australasia will be subject to the 18 month compliance period to ensure it is fixing the systemic governance and practice issues that were found to have led to the Montara oil spill.

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