Unconventional Gas, especially shale and coal seam gas, is an issue of profound national and international importance, which has the potential to impact on our future prosperity and environment. Unconventional gas exploration and production in many regions has produced new income for some land owners, but led to opposition from others.
Australia and other countries need sensible policies to address the opportunities and challenges presented by unconventional gas. The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) will hold a two-day Conference in Sydney, Australia to address the complex issues related to unconventional gas.
This interdisciplinary Conference will involve scientists, engineers, social scientists, economists and community representatives, recognising that many of the issues surrounding unconventional gas are community issues that need to be informed by science.
Scientists, engineers, social scientists, policy experts, community and NGO representatives, industry, academia and government.
Following the Conference a one-day Workshop, comprising international Academies of Engineering and Science, will develop a set of Findings for future policy development on unconventional gas. The Workshop will draw on national reports prepared by international Academies, informed by discussions at the Conference.
As part of this event, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) along with the University of New South Wales and Grattan Institute is holding a Public Forum that will bring together a panel of national and international experts to discuss the opportunities and the challenges of onshore unconventional gas exploration and production. The Forum will offer a unique and important opportunity to members of the public to be part of an informed discussion on unconventional gas that will cover issues as diverse as economics, technology, social impacts, groundwater, induced seismicity and environmental impacts.
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