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Woodside seeking permission to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in Vic’s Port Campbell area: 23 threatened species potentially affected

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

Woodside Energy wanted to conduct a new round of seismic testing for oil and gas off Victoria’s Port Campbell, potentially disrupting the feeding season of the endangered blue whale, wrote Ewin Hannan in The Australian (8/10/2007, p. 4). Testing period would coincide with peak abundance of whales: Woodside had applied to the Howard Government to undertake the testing between November and May 2008, a period coinciding with the peak abundance of blue whales in the region. The survey area was about 20km south of Port Campbell, the coastal town west of the giant rock stacks known as the Twelve Apostles. Peter Gill, a long-time blue whale researcher, had said the survey area lay well within the blue whale feeding area. “If the survey occurs during the blue whale feeding season, and the whales are usually present between November and May, it is possible that blue whales may be displaced from preferred feeding areas,” he had said.

Survey needed to map sub-surface geology: In its application to the federal Environment Department, Woodside had said the survey was designed to map the sub-surface geology and ascertain the potential of sub-surface oil and gas deposits for further investigation. A survey vessel would operate an airgun that released bursts of compressed air that pushed the water away, creating a pressure wave that was used as a seismic signal. The survey would involve 23 days of testing.

‘Temporary’ displacement of whales: As the holder of a petroleum permit, Woodside had said it was required to undertake exploration to deduce the area’s potential for oil and gas production. In its submission Woodside acknowledged that 23 species listed as threatened under federal environmental legislation might occur within, or travel through, the project area. They included three species of whale, the great white shark, 12 albatross species, and the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot. “There may be some temporary displacement of (whales) as a result of the seismic survey and localised impacts on feeding behaviour,” Woodside had said in its submission.

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Macedon gas field possible supplier to domestic gas market in Western Australia; change in gas delivery standards needed

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

BHP Billiton’s Macedon gas field off the West Australian coast was coming into play as a possible supplier to the domestic gas market, wrote Nigel Wilson in The Australian (12/10/2007, p. 22). Read the rest of this entry »

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China silent on Burma protests, despite heavy investment in resources; India trying to gain oil/gas foothold

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

China, which had invested heavily in Bur­ma’s extensive resources such as natural gas, remained largely silent on the growing agitation, reported The Australian Financial Review (27/9/2007, p.14). India seeks oil deal: India, which was trying to gain a commercial foothold in Burma, has come under attack as it was a demo­cracy seeking to ignore sanctions already in place against the country. Its Resources Minister, Murli Deora, who travelled to Burma this week to sign an oil exploration deal and begin lobbying for the next deal, became a target for the protesters. This week’s protests came after the government doubled basic fuel prices with no warning, leading to a break­down in public transport services.

The Australian Financial Review, 27/9/2007, p. 14

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Kurds agree that they would get 17pc of Iraq’s oil income from fields already in operation; still arguing over not-yet-discovered fields

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

The Kurds had agreed that they would get 17 per cent of Iraq’s oil income from fields already in operation. But they are still arguing with the authorities in Baghdad over the management, exploration and contracts in unexploited or not-yet-discovered fields, reported The Economist (8/9/2007, p.48).

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