Resources

We’ve compiled a range of fact sheets and evidence-based content to help answer your questions about Australia’s oil and gas industry.

Fracking 101

Hydraulic fracturing – also referred to as ‘fraccing’ or ‘fracking’ – is a well completion technology and is used to increase the flow of oil and gas to a well, increasing production and reducing the total number of wells needed to develop a resource.

Marine seismic surveys: what you need to know

A marine seismic survey is a method of determining geological features below the sea floor, using a technical process which involves sending sound waves into the rock layers beneath the sea floor and then recording the time is takes for each wave to bounce back as well as measuring the strength of each returning wave. It is the most reliable form of initial exploration for oil and gas and is an essential process in identifying geological features that could contain oil or gas deposits.

Scientific consensus on hydraulic fracturing

Fact-based evidence from independent industry experts about the use of hydraulic fracturing.

Cleaner ozone: the benefits of increased natural gas use

As a cleaner burning source of fuel, natural gas is increasingly being relied upon around the world to meet energy needs. Countries like the United States and China for example, are replacing older electricity generation facilities with natural gas generation and seeing significant improvements in regional emission levels.

Harmony between renewables and natural gas

We all know that increased use of natural gas helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but did you also know that natural gas works hand in hand with renewables like wind and solar?

Oil & gas products and you

Did you know that oil and gas are a key ingredients in the products that we use every day? Find out more about what products oil and gas are used to make.

Myth vs fact: coal seam gas and water

Energy Information Australia compares the myths and facts surrounding coal seam gas and water. Of note, the infographic summarises scientific research in relation to methane, ground water and surface water.

South Australia: a history of safe fracking operations

Find out more about South Australia’s onshore oil and gas operations, including the state’s history of safely using hydraulic fracturing.

Western Australia's oil and gas benefits

Western Australia’s economy benefits enormously from its oil and gas industry, creating local employment opportunities, generating significant royalties and providing affordable gas to its domestic market.

The Narrabri Gas Project

Learn more about the proposed Narrabri Gas Project in New South Wales, including what the experts are saying about CSG development.

Economic benefits of an onshore Northern Territory natural gas industry

Learn more about the potential economic benefits of an onshore Northern Territory natural gas industry.

Queensland water

Learn more about water in Queensland.

Petroleum helping Greenpeace stay afloat

Greenpeace has been making waves in the Great Australian Bight, using its diesel-fuelled Rainbow Warrior III ship to protest oil exploration. While the activist organisation is quick to boast the vessel is “as sustainable as possible”, it is still, ultimately, reliant on fossil fuels.

Natural gas and hydrogen

Hydrogen can be used in fuel cells to generate power using a chemical reaction rather than combustion, producing water and heat as by-products. Although not a source of energy itself, hydrogen can store and deliver usable energy like that produced by natural gas. Once this energy is created it can be used in cars, in houses, for portable power and many more applications.

South Australia – a history of offshore exploration

Exploration activities have been safely taking place in offshore South Australia waters for more than 50 years.

China's Blue Skies Action Plan

Cleaning up China’s air and boosting Australian LNG exports.

Mutual use

Experts agree: Australia’s energy industry can and does successfully co-exist with local industries.

Myth vs fact: natural gas development in the NT

Activist claims that the nation’s oil and gas industry provides minimal employment but maximum environmental harm because of alleged methane leaks. Does this square with reality? Not at all.

Queensland oil and gas benefits

Queensland’s economy benefits enormously from its oil and gas industry. In fact, an estimated 39,175 direct and indirect full time jobs were supported by the state’s oil and gas industry in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

For more information and statistics on the sunshine state’s energy industry, check out our fact sheet.

Australia’s investment into understanding onshore drilling & hydraulic fracturing

Since 2011, 14 separate inquiries and investigations have been conducted in Australia into differing aspects of onshore gas activities.

These inquiries and investigations have allowed governments to better understand the science and technology of onshore gas and use of hydraulic fracturing, measure the potential social, health, safety, economic and environmental risks, and form recommendations around industry regulation and ensuring best practice into the future.

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