Australia's onshore gas industry has already created more than 30,000 jobs and could deliver great economic benefits over the next decade but it also faces significant operating and regulatory challenges, says Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive David Byers.
"If we get it right, the economic opportunity presented by Australia’s vast gas reserves is truly a remarkable one," Mr. Byers said.
"The onshore gas industry is creating jobs and investment that benefit all Australians, and it can deliver much more. We have a chance to safely develop the country’s extensive gas reserves to secure our energy future with an abundant, affordable, reliable and cleaner-burning fuel.
"But if it is to achieve its potential, the industry must overcome significant hurdles. Australia has to find the right mix of industry operating practices and government policy frameworks to optimize the development of its gas resources."
In less than two weeks, the 2013 APPEA Onshore Gas Conference and Exhibition, will canvas the challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s rapidly growing onshore gas sector.
Leading politicians, industry executives, regulators and other expert speakers will address the two-day event, which will be held in Adelaide, South Australia.
The conference will feature 12 plenary speakers, two diverse panel discussions facilitated by prominent Australian journalist Ali Moore, and nine concurrent sessions. Its presentations will cover a wide range of issues, including: Realizing the value of onshore gas production Domestic gas reservation – a tax on production and a subsidy for gas consumption Hydraulic fracturing Regulation, red tape and green tape Regional development, social impacts and local content Environmental management Land planning and access Indigenous engagement – including employment programs and native title negotiations.
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