APPEA Extols East Australia Virtues But Lashes The West

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Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive Malcolm Roberts has lauded the oil and gas industry for a raft of new gas supply deals helping to stave off a looming energy crisis in Australia, but says the Federal Government needs to do more to boost supplies and reduce prices.

However, while the peak body boss praised Queensland in the east for lifting gas production by 20%, making the “Sunshine State” self-sufficient with net gas surpluses flowing south of the border, and Victoria for record output in the offshore Gippsland Basin, Western Australia (WA) is in APPEA’s crosshairs for launching another inquiry into fracking.

Roberts said the latest inquiry by the Labor government of newly elected WA Premier Mark McGowan followed 13 similar inquiries into the science in Australia, a safe historic record of over 600 wells fracked in the state spanning 55 years and a WA Parliament investigation two years ago that found “no evidence to support activist demands that fracking must be banned.”

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