ACCEL Conference 2011 - Regulating coal seam gas: implications for energy, food and water security

17 June 2011

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Regulating coal seam gas: implications for energy, food and water security

In countries like the United States and Australia there has been significant investment in, and government support for, the extraction of shale gas and coal seam gas (CSG). CSG is regarded as contributing to energy security while also producing an energy source which produces half the greenhouse gases compared with coal-fired generation. Yet the extraction of CSG has raised concerns for water and food security in Australia and was recently assessed by the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts References Committee. It is currently under review by the National Water Commission and the NSW Department of Planning. From an Environmental Law perspective, which incorporates notions of risk and precaution, this conference will assess how the extraction of CSG is being regulated in New South Wales and Queensland. Anticipated changes to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment framework following the recent election will be addressed.

This conference will appeal to an interdisciplinary audience including academics, lawyers in private practice, consultants, government officials, non-government organisations, members of the public and students.

Keynote Speaker
Professor Alan Randall, Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Guest Speakers
Brad Mullard, Executive Director, Mineral Resources
Fiona Simson, Vice President, NSW Farmers Association
Dr Nicola Durrant, Queensland University of Technology

Nicola Franklin, Sydney Law School

Professor Rosemary Lyster, Director, Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law

1.30pm: Registration
2pm: Welcome by Professor Rosemary Lyster, Overview of CSG in Australia
2.10pm: Keynote by Professor Alan Randall, Novel interventions, risk, and precaution: toward a risk
2.50pm: Brad Mullard
3.15pm: Afternoon tea
3.30pm: Fiona Simson, Food for the future: can farmers live with CSG?
3.55pm: Dr Nicola Durrant, Regulating coal seam gas: the Queensland approach
4.20pm: Nicola Franklin, Regulating coal seam gas: the NSW approach
4.45pm: Q&A
5pm: Event concludes


Conference costs
Full fee: $150 (inc GST)
Sydney Law School alumni: $120 (inc GST)
NGO: $90 (inc GST)
Part time students: $90 (inc GST)
Full time students: $50 (inc GST)

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Time: 2-5pm (registration from 1.30pm)

Location: Foyer (level 2), New Law Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: See above for details

Contact: Event Coordinator

Phone: 9351 0238

Email: 21280f1b54155636350631294f3e0a3f4d5c2a0638582418