In the News
As mentioned in one of our earlier blog posts it was only a matter of time until some of the issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing were to surface here in Australia as they have in America especially after the release of the documentary film "Gasland". Below is an atricle from the Northern Star newspaper (Northern Rivers region, NSW) which even quotes a Greens MP using the term "fracced" and speculates there will be more issues throughout Australia.READ MORE
Attached is a link to the trailer for a new documentary film titled "Gasland" and a review of the film by the West Australian Newspaper. Interesting stuff and if the hype which this film is creating catches on here in Australia like it has in America it may lead to more public discussion on issues that directly involve our industry. Food for thought.
The West Australian movie review
The Greens have complained of the length of time BHP has taken to release its response to environmental concerns regarding the Olympic Dam expansion.
They have said it should not take eight weeks before the public is allowed to view their 15 000 page environmental impact statement.
Greens MP Mark Parnell stated that waiting an additional eight weeks was not good enough.
"If the document is good enough to give to the Government, it's also good enough to show the people who went to the trouble of making a submission,” Parnell said.READ MORE
Mining giant Vale has announced a five year, $2.5 million partnership with the University of Queensland.
The partnership will see the development of new geosciences research, education and training programs.
Vale’s global coal managing director Decio Amaral said “this five year partnership has reinforced Vale’s commitment to expanding its operations in Australia, the organic growth of its three existing mines, and the opening of new mines.
“This investment in training and education will enable us to start developing our existing – and future employees – now.”READ MORE