In response to its election commitments the Queensland government last year established the Gasfields Commission Queensland, which now receives official powers with the passing of the Gasfields Commission Act 2013 (Qld) (the Act), commencing on 1 July 2013.
The commission addresses policy objectives that aim to facilitate better relationships between landholders, regional communities and the onshore gas industry in Queensland, following the strong growth in the onshore gas industry and concerns regarding possible associated impacts on water, land and social infrastructure. The terms of reference of the commission are focused on reviewing the existing regulatory regime, which relates to the onshore gas industry. In the context of the Act, ‘onshore gas industry’ is defined as businesses carrying out exploration, production or transportation of petroleum within Queensland.
The commission’s functions are not to investigate the industry and make determinations; rather its role is largely advisory…
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