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On 6 November 2013, Deakin University's School of Law presented the first-ever conference at The Sofitel Hotel examining the future of Coal Seam Gas and Unconventional Gas Regulation in Victoria.
Recommendations have been made to lift the moratorium on coal seam gas and unconventional gas miningin Victoria and an amendment bill to the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act (Vic) has just been tabled in Parliament. This has made the importance of debating and discussing the suitabilityof exisiting mining regulation in Victoria increasingly imperative.
Around 85 participants attended the Melbourne event, which included a series of discussion papers, presentations and a panel debate on the emergent regulatory issues relevant to coal seam gas and unconventional gas mining.
It was a rigorous and thoughtful debate that opened the conversation around issues such as:
Representatives from peak industry bodies and companies attended, including:
Deakin Law School would like to thank everyone who spoke and attended on the day to help make conference such a great success. We expect that the discussions and issues raised on the day will make a substantial contribution to the future development of the Victorian regulatory framework. These issues will be formalised into a policy paper which will be submitted for consideration to the Victorian Parliament.
The presentations for the conference are available below:
Deakin Law School would like to thank everyone who spoke and attended on the day to help make conference such a great success.
For more information, please call the conference organisers: Associate Professor Samantha Hepburn and Lidia Xynas Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Law or telephone School of Law on 61 3 5227 2215.