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Much to gain from collaboration between US and Australia on natural gas

2 March 2012

Sky Business On The Record

With the US over a decade ahead of Australia in the industry, Australian can learn much from the American experience in regulation, safety and risk management of natural gas projects. Carson Scott talks to Dr Ian Duncan and Scott Anderson about the similarities and differences between the two countries. Both were in Australia for seminars on unconventional gas production co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre's Climate, Energy and Water Nexus Project. Watch Online

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Dr Ian Duncan on the realities behind the demonisation of hydraulic fracturing

2 March 2012

The process of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" has come under fire in both Australia and the US, with accusations by local communities of large scale air and water pollution caused by shale and coal seam gas extraction.Dr Ian Duncan, a Research Sceintist at the University of Texas at Austin and visitor at the US Studies Centre says that scientific studies have shown that many of these claims are either overstated or unrelated to the new shale gas projects.

His research points to areas that energy companies can improve on to make the projects safer in the long term. Dr Ian Duncan was in Australia for seminars on unconventional gas production co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre's Climate, Energy and Water Nexus Project Watch Online

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US and Australia can share experiences in gas extraction

2 March 2012

ABC Country Hour NSW

With American natural gas projects nearly a decade ahead of their Australian counterparts, research scientist Dr Ian Duncan and Scott Anderson from the Environmental Defense Fund suggest that Australian companies can learn a lot from failures and innovations in the US.

While the US is still making improvements to it's regulatory environment to minimise the risks of natural gas extraction, some of the lessons they have learned in water management and well intergrity would be invaluable to Australian projects. Both experts were in in Australia for the unconventional gas production seminars co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre's Climate, Energy and Water Nexus Project. Listen Online

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Environmental concerns over unconventional gas production

29 February 2012

ABC News Radio

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Scientific fact, not fiction, needed in gas debates

29 February 2012

ABC News Breakfast

Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr Ian Duncan, discusses the lessons that Australia can learn from the US experience in natural gas extraction. His research found that many of the accusations of pollution caused by gas extraction were either overstated or part of pre-exisiting problems. Dr Duncan was in Australia for a forum on unconventional gas production co-hosted by the US Studies Centre. Watch Online

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Australia can learn lessons from US gas extraction

27 February 2012

ABC Radio Queensland

With a boom in natural gas extraction hitting Queensland, landholders are increasingly concerned about the environmental impacts of CSG extraction and what it will mean for their property's production potential not just now, but well into the future. Research scientist and guest at the US Studies Centre's forum on unconventional gases, Dr Ian Duncan, says that much of the stated environmental impact is overblown or based on anecdotal rather than scientific evidence. He says that Australia can learn some important lessons from the US experience of natural gas extraction to make mines safer and more efficient.  Listen Online

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Industry must work with regulators in coal seam gas mining

27 February 2012

ABC TV News

A group of gas industry experts have urged Australian companies to work with regulators to minimise environmental risks. Mark Boling and Scott Anderson, who both spoke at a forum on unconventional gas production in Brisbane co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre, said the American experience offered some important lessons for local companies. Watch Online

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