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Unconventional oil and gas in Australia: a case of regulatory lag

By David Maloney

In this article Allens Senior Energy & Resources Counsel David Maloney reviews existing Australian petroleum and mining legislation relating to the regulation of unconventional oil and gas; examines some of the recent policy responses in relation to coal seam gas developments in agricultural lands, the use of hydraulic fracturing and their impact on water resources; and identifies some of the reasons why law reform is required.

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This article first appeared in the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, 33:4, 349-404.

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