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CO2 categorised as industrial waste in London Convention; likely to restrict disposal in sea-bed, says AGO repor

Posted by gasweek on 17 October, 2007

On one view CCS (carbon dumps) may be viewed as contravening the spirit of the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) – conversely, the FCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) might be used to support the argument that prevention of release of gaseous carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by CCS was consistent with UNCLOS, according to “A Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office on Property Rights and Associated Liability Issues, 2005” (8/8/2007, p.113).

CO2 ‘industrial waste’: ” … when the 1996 Protocol enters into force, it will supersede the London Convention as between parties to the 1996 Protocol which are also parties to the London Convention. However, Australia will continue to be bound by the London Convention in relation to nation-states that do not fall into this category. Accordingly, the application of both the London Convention and the 1996 Protocol to CCS is considered below. With respect to the London Convention, some commentators have suggested that carbon dioxide would likely be categorised as industrial waste, which is defined in the Convention as ‘waste materials generated by manufacturing or processing operations’ (Annex 1).

Restricting disposal: “If this is the case, the London Convention is likely to restrict the opportunities for the ‘disposal’ of carbon dioxide under the seabed. However, such views are not definitive, and it remains unclear whether carbon dioxide would be considered a waste for the purposes of the Convention. In addition, as previously mentioned, it is unclear whether the London Convention covers sub-seabed disposal of wastes (this is not an issue under the 1996 Protocol). In contrast, the 1996 Protocol does not contain the prohibition on ‘industrial waste’. Nevertheless, the reverse-list of allowable materials, which is essentially identical to the list contained in the London Convention, would likely mean that the same restrictions would apply when addressing the Protocol,” the report added.

Reference: Carbon Capture and Storage Section 6 – “A Report to the Australian Greenhouse Office on Property Rights and Associated Liability Issues, 2005”, p.113.

Contact: The Communications Director, Australian Greenhouse Office, Department of the Environment and Heritage, GPO Box 787, Canberra ACT 2601. Email: communications@greenhouse.gov.au

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Posted in CO2 Dump, CO2 dumps, Federal, Geosequestration, Greenhouse Trades, International, Law, Volume 2604 | Leave a Comment »

High Court rejects BP’s distinctive green (Pantone 348C) as a trademark

Posted by gasweek on 26 September, 2007

The High Court rejected the petrol giant BP Green’s 16-year battle to register its distinctive green – known as Pantone 348C – as a trademark. Companies that have successfully registered a colour include; • Commonwealth Bank of Australia for its trademark yellow and black;

• Kraft for the silver on its cheese packaging; and

• Tiffany & Co for the distinctive blue on its jewellery boxes. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Law, oil, Petrol, Volume 2601 | Leave a Comment »

Snoop-troops: Wide police “terrorist” powers used to snoop on ordinary folks who question Federal Govt policies

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

Before the APEC meeting began, police and politicians repeatedly talked up the prospect of protests turning violent and boasted about how they would crack down hard, according to Brian Toohey reported The Australian Financial review (8/9/2007, p. 62). Read the rest of this entry »

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Federal Government’s IR department broke its own laws in November 2005, says judge

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

The Federal Government’s industrial relations department broke its own laws when it ordered public servants not to go to an ACTU protest rally in November 2005, reported The Age (7/9/2007, p. 2). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Federal, Law, Unions, Volume 2520 | Leave a Comment »

CO2 dump rules in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland: none appear to deal with earthquake, water quality or leak risks, or, long-term liability

Posted by gasweek on 19 September, 2007

South Australia had amended the Petroleum Act 2000 to include CO2 as a regulated substance which can be transported by pipeline. This Act also provides for the granting of a licence to store CO2 in natural reservoirs.

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Anyone who’s politically active in Aus now lives with anxiety about crossing “unknown threshold”, says Australia Institute chief

Posted by gasweek on 18 September, 2007

Anyone who was politically active in Australia, especially if they were critical of the Federal Government, must live with low-level anxiety about what might happen to them or their families if some unknown threshold was crossed, said Clive Hamilton, executive director of the Australia Institute, in The Sydney Morning Herald (7/9/2007, p.26).

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