Defence cuts a 'threat' to US Alliance, The Fin; Apache cops blast on Varanus, The Fin; Labor reaches out to the rich, The Aus; Rinehart hits out at Fairfax, The West; No port in a storm for WA yellowcake, The Aus
THE Federal government has agreed the powers of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority need to be expanded significantly to avert any repeat of major incidents such as the Montara oil spill or Varanus Island gas explosion.
The pending outcome of the federal government's carbon pollution reduction scheme has created uncertainty for the Forest Products Commission of WA, which has had to cut staff numbers as part of a restructure to reflect the changing economy.
Apache Energy has failed in its bid to secure an injunction from the Supreme Court preventing Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore from viewing a report into last year's Varanus Island gas explosion.
Wesfarmers' fertiliser subsidiary CSBP has entered into a new gas supply arrangement with Apache Corporation following a confidential settlement over a dispute relating to the Varanus Island gas explosion.