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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...

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects U.S. EPA's Functional Interrelatedness Test for Air Aggregation

Contact: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP (Delaware & Pennyslvania, USA)

Ronald S. Cusano recently published in All 4 Inc.’s For the Record newsletter concerning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s Summit Petroleum Decision.


New streamlining legislation to change the way resource companies do business in Queensland

Contact: Carter Newell (Queensland, Australia)

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Mines Legislation (Streamlining) Amendment Act 2012, which will make substantial changes to the way resource companies do business..


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