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Petition for Queensland to Adopt Oil Depletion Protocol PDF Print E-mail
Andrew McNamara has agreed to sponsor a petition calling for the Oil Depletion Protocol to be adopted by the Qld Government.

This e-petition is available  on the QLD Govt website and can be signed online

Te text of the petition is as follows:
Peak Oil is the term used to describe the peaking of global oil production. After the peak, there will be a gradual, but irreversible decline in the world’s oil production. There is a high probability that this will occur within the next decade.

Currently only about 1 barrel of oil is being discovered for every 5 or 6 extracted, and according to Chevron Texaco, 33 of the 48 significant oil-producing nations worldwide are experiencing declining production. Oil production in the USA peaked in 1971, the UK in 1999 and Australia in 2001.

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ASPO-USA Boston 2006 Conference - Proceedings and Reports PDF Print E-mail
By all accounts the Boston Conference was excellent, the following links come courtesy of ASPO-USA. Presentations are available at the ASPO-USA library now and can be found through the following links

    * Selected Online Presentations
    * Downloadable PDF Format

ASPO-USA will also be publishing a DVD of the conference and will publish audio online as soon as it is made available to us from our conference video and audio support team.

[links to conference blog reports below fold...]
AASPO patron reelected, Parliamentary Sec. for Main Roads PDF Print E-mail
ASPO-Australia patron, Andrew McNamara, Member for Hervey Bay, has been re-elected in the recent Qld state elections and appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Main Roads to the Minister for Transport and Main Roads (Paul Lucas).  He is also chair of the Premier's Task Force on Oil Vulnerability, which is due to report sometime soon.    It will be a real challenge for him to balance his new role as Parliamentary Secretary for Main Roads with his concern about oil vulnerability.  We certainly hope to see more bike-lanes, bus lanes and cycleways being built by Main Roads.  ASPO-Australia congratulates Andrew on his re-election (in a relatively marginal seat) and his promotion to Parliamentary Secretary.
ExxonMobil Peak Oil; what was actually said in Adelaide PDF Print E-mail
Mark Nolan – Chairman, ExxonMobil Australia. Part of speech at SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference 11th September 2006 ...

We have been very successful in the oil industry for a very long time so we in the industry know that the world is not in danger of running out of oil any time soon.We hear all sorts of so-called experts predicting the end of the world's oil supplies. Or the end of what they call the era of easy oil.There has never been an era of “easy oil” – our industry has constantly operated at the technological frontier. Oil only seems easy after it has been discovered, developed and produced.These peak-oil predictions are not new. They have been occurring, particularly at times of high prices, regularly since the 1920s.The fact is that the world has an abundance of oil and there is little question scientifically that abundant energy resources exist. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Earth currently has more than three trillion barrels of conventional recoverable oil resources. So far we have produced one trillion of that.Conservative estimates of heavy oil and shale oil push the total recoverable resource to over four trillion barrels. It is also important to note that as an industry and as a society we have always underestimated the global resource base and the ability of technology to extend both the life of oil and gas fields, and to find new resources.We should not forget that we can recover almost twice as much oil today as when we first discovered it over 100 years ago. And when you consider that a further 10% increase in recoverability will deliver an extra 800 billion barrels of oil to our recoverable total we have reason to be sure that the end of oil is nowhere in sight.More importantly however we have a responsibility to communicate these basic facts to opinion leaders so that they can make sound, long-term policy decisions

.....There is no doubt that we face formidable commercial and technical challenges in our daily work but we also need to work harder to share our knowledge with our political leaders and the broader public. And our political leaders have a responsibility to take a long term view and act based on facts.

ASPO-Australia comment: Peak Oil is not "running out of oil", nor "the end of the world's oil supplies". It is just when the rate of global oil production begins its final decline, probably soon. There will be lots of oil produced after Peak Oil, just not as much each year as at the Peak. Mr Nolan provides no information at all about future global production rates, which define when Peak Oil will occur. He talks only about the very speculative USGS "estimates" about how much oil might eventually be recoverable. This is a fine example of corporate spin, free from any relevant facts. [BWR]

Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air:  How ExxonMobil uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science.    Union of Concerned Scientists, January 2007.   Could there be some similarities with ExxonMobil's campaign against Peak Oil?.
Powerpoint presentations by David Kilsby & Darren Phillips PDF Print E-mail
Two new items added to the bibliography section:

Powerpoint presentations by Dave Kilsby of ASPO Australia and Dr Darren Phillips of the University of Tasmania.

Kilsby D
(2006) Peak Oil Powerpoint presentation for the planning institute of Australia

Phillips D (2006) Sustainability Imperatives and the implications of Global Peak Oil . A powerpoint presentatoin by Dr Darren Phillips of the university of Tasmania.
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