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Carbon capture and storage laws in Australia : project facilitation or a precautionary approach?

Durrant, Nicola A. (2010) Carbon capture and storage laws in Australia : project facilitation or a precautionary approach? Environmental Liability Journal, 18(4), pp. 148-157.

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Abstract

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is considered to be an integral transitionary measure in the mitigation of the global greenhouse gas emissions from our continued use of fossil fuels. Regulatory frameworks have been developed around the world and pilot projects have been commenced. However, CCS processes are largely untested at commercial scales and there are many unknowns associated with the long terms risks from these storage projects. Governments, including Australia, are struggling to develop appropriate, yet commercially viable, regulatory approaches to manage the uncertain long term risks of CCS activities. There have been numerous CCS regimes passed at the Federal, State and Territory levels in Australia. All adopt a different approach to the delicate balance facilitating projects and managing risk. This paper will examine the relatively new onshore and offshore regimes for CCS in Australia and the legal issues arising in relation to the implementation of CCS projects. Comparisons will be made with the EU CCS Directive where appropriate.

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ID Code: 39198
Item Type: Journal Article
Funders: ARC
Keywords: carbon capture, energy and resources law, climate change, environmental harm, liability, precautionary principle, sustainability
ISSN: 0966-2030
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Environmental and Natural Resources Law (180111)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Lawtext Publishing Ltd.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2010 11:46
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 11:31

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