PERTH From offshore to onshore – the future of WA’s gas market?

A shift back to onshore petroleum exploration and development globally has significant implications for West Australia’s gas market. Natural gas plays a foundational role in the State’s energy security and economic development. But this new “gas rush” has become a politically-charged issue for environmental campaigners and has raised questions about the rights of existing landowners. This seminar will explore questions about the importance of new sources of natural gas (CSG and shale gas) in meeting our energy needs and the scientific, environmental, social and economic issues which need to be addressed to develop these resources safely and responsibly.

At this free public seminar brought to you by APPEA, Grattan Institute, the International Energy Centre and The University of Western Australia’s, Energy and Minerals Institute, a panel of experts guided the conversation and provided answers to these questions.


Babs McHugh, A/Executive Producer, ABC Rural WA


Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute

Professor Robert Clark AO, ACOLA Expert Working Group on Engineering Energy

Professor Peter Hartley, BHP Billiton Chair in Business Resources, The University of Western Australia

Stedman Ellis, COO – Western Region, APPEA

Background reading:

Getting gas right: Australia’s energy challenge – a Grattan Institute report

Engineering Energy: Unconventional Gas Production – an ACOLA report

This event was hosted in conjunction with APPEA, International Energy Centre and The University of Western Australia’s Energy and Minerals Institute.

Date: Thursday 3 October

Time: 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Venue: Social Science Lecture Theatre (G.130)
Cnr Stirling Hwy and Hackett Drive
University of Western Australia
Crawley Western Australia 6009

You can view Dr Robert Clark’s presentation online at ACOLA, and the presentations given by Tony Wood and Professor Peter Hartley can be downloaded below.