Grasping at air for a clear gas solution

At Australia's blue ribbon energy event, political figures from both sides did little to appease companies desperate to develop Australia's gas potential.

There are not many Australian events, not even disasters, that attract 60 journalists, let alone for four days. The reasons the national upstream oil and gas conference did so are many and various, but they boil down to money, politics and high-wire corporate risk-taking.

The 53rd Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association conference filled Brisbane’s cavernous Convention Centre, crowding in 3470 paying delegates from 850 companies and 30 countries, plus 100 speakers.


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