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Queensland Government Flags Reform to Strategic Cropping Land

Contact: Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

Introduction

Queensland's strategic cropping land (SCL) regime is under review following a move by the State Government to bring forward the statutory review process by six months.

The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper seeking feedback on the effectiveness of the SCL framework to date and the future of the policy in light of the current reform of state planning instruments, as well as the push towards streamlining regulatory approvals and reducing red tape.

Specifically, the Newman Government is considering whether the existing framework for identifying SCL - based on a series of trigger maps and an assessment against SCL criteria - fits with the proposal to establish Priority Agricultural Areas in statutory regional plans.

Draft plans for the Darling Downs and Central Queensland areas were released in June.  More information on the draft plans can be found in our July update.

The Government is interested in hearing from the resources and agricultural industries on how the legislation and administration of SCL can be improved.  Submissions close on 9 September 2013.

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IFLR Features Article on Panama's Energy Generation Matrix Authored by GALA's James Sattin

Author: James Sattin; Galindo, Arias & López (Panama)

The legal framework for the Panamanian Energy Sector (Law 6 of 1997) divides the Republic of Panama into three distribution territories. For each territory an exclusive concession is granted to one distribution company. Due to this exclusivity, regulations require these companies to purchase most of the power and energy they need to satisfy customer demand through reverse public auctions (energy bids), initially carried out by the distribution companies and most recently by the grid operator (Etesa).

Read the entire article on the IFLR website.


Cheap Natural Gas Prices: Prelude to Energy Unreliability and Price Volatility

Contact: Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP (Missouri, USA)

Cheap gas prices driven by a boom in new shale gas development, coupled with more stringent emissions controls for coal fired plants, are causing a shift from coal to natural gas as the primary source of electric power in the United States. In the short term, most welcome this shift because natural gas produces significantly fewer greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions. But it appears increasingly certain that in the long run, this shift will result in decreased energy grid reliability and significantly higher electricity costs due to natural gas price volatility. 


Queensland Courts weigh in on coal seam gas protests

Contact: Carter Newell Lawyers (Queensland, Australia)

A landmark decision by the Queensland District Court in the case of Hutton v The Queensland Police Service regarding interference with resource activities will have a significant impact on the way resource companies deal with environmental protesters.

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Uranium Mining in Queensland – Campbell Newman Lifts Ban on Uranium Mining

Contact: Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

Lifting the ban

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced on 22 October 2012 that the Queensland Government's longstanding ban on uranium mining will be lifted...

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