Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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CSG licence freeze extended for another year in NSW to allow ‘comprehensive examination’ of applications

ABC News Tim Lamacraft 25 September 2014

The New South Wales Government is extending its ban on new coal seam gas (CSG) exploration licence applications for another year.   NSW Energy and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said the freeze on licences would be extended by another year, allowing the Office of Coal Seam Gas (OCSG) to complete its “comprehensive examination” of current licences and applications and giving the Government more time to assess the application process.

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Water-Energy-Food Nexus Forum – Conference Alert

The Ship Inn, Brisbane, 26 November 2014

The demand on water resources across the energy, agricultural and urban water sectors is ever increasing, and is a constant challenge in managing sustainable water supply.

Instead of working independently, a more coherent approach is needed to develop workable solutions to the myriad challenges faced by these industries. Businesses together with government, NGOs, academia and civil society can and should play a role in this new understanding.

The Forum will focus on three key themes of the water-energy-food nexus:

  • Responsible governance of natural resources
  • Collaborative policy and practice
  • Economic growth and the way forward

Bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and engaging leaders from the water, agricultural and energy sectors, the Forum presents a unique opportunity to share inter-related expertise. This multi-sectoral event enables attendees to build relationships outside their traditional industry and workshop new ways of balancing the nexus.

View forum website for further information and to download preliminary program

AWA National Operations Conference – Conference Alert

28-30 October 2014, Cairns Convention Centre

 Affordability, liveability and sensitivity – operations in the twenty teens.

With the tightening of funds for water operations nationally, it is imperative that we innovate and optimise the way we work like never before. This will ensure we continue to provide best value for money for our customers, while not reducing our quality standards.

With the 2014 Conference being held in Cairns and the mounting damage of the nearby Great Barrier Reef as a reminder, we are taking a strong focus on the environmental obligation in the sustainability of our operations. As emerging industries come to fruition, e.g. mining, agribusiness and tourism, we need to ensure the future national prosperity is balanced carefully with sustainable water usage and environmental protection.

View conference website for further information and to download draft program

Note: Sponsorship information is also available.

QWater’14 Conference – Conference Alert

7 – 8 November 2014;  Marriott Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

QWater is the professional development, technical knowledge sharing and networking event on the Queensland water industry’s calendar. The conference provides a forum for discussing and sharing water related stories that are unique and relevant to Queensland.

View conference website for further information and to download draft program

Stanford-led study assesses the environmental costs and benefits of fracking

(Stanford University 11 September 2014) Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. We can do better, the authors say.

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Priorities for research on pharmaceutical and personal care products in the environment

(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22 September 2014) The results from a survey designed to identify and prioritize the scientific research needed to understand the risks of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment have been published in the latest issue of IEAM.

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Fracking’s environmental impacts scrutinized

(University of Manchester 21 September 2014) Greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of shale gas would be comparable to conventional natural gas, but the controversial energy source actually faired better than renewables on some environmental impacts, according to new research.

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