From the editor

Sally Commins, editor.

Sally Commins, editor.

In this Spring edition of Gas Today, we celebrate a new spring for industry’s peak body with an exclusive interview with the new Chief Executive of the APPEA, Dr Malcolm Roberts.

Since his appointment to the industry’s top job in May, Dr Roberts has been the focus of many industry conversations.

Dr Roberts has an impressive background in governing industries, and will certainly bring a wealth of experience to the role in a challenging period for the gas industry. We hope some of your questions about Dr Roberts are answered in our interview.

This edition also features an interview with Veena Mendez, founder of the highly successful, Western Australian-based organisation Women in Oil and Gas (WIOG). Ms Mendez established the organisation in 2010 to promote women working in oil and gas companies, and it has since grown from strength to strength. We look at Ms Mendez’s fascinating story, as well as explore what more needs to be done to improve gender diversity in the industry.

Still in the West, we speak to Jeff Haworth, the Western Australian state regulator, about the state’s new regulatory framework for its unconventional gas industry. The new framework claims to be the most stringent in Australia, however there is concern that this new framework will add yet more red tape to the industry. We explore how the new framework is looking to enhance productivity for the industry in ‘Will WA’s new shale, tight gas regulation stand the test?’

Back to the East Coast, and the unfortunate politicisation of the unconventional gas industry continues. This politicking is no more evident than by comparing the energy policies of neighbouring states South Australia and Victoria. While the former has been described by explorers as “a fantastic state to operate in” and “very pro-development”, Victoria continues to be mired in a regulatory mess, prolonged by a government not politically willing to address the stagnant industry. We explore this issue in ‘A Tale of Two States’.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Gas Today’s new associate editor, Eddie Morton. Eddie has a strong business journalism background, having worked as a business journalist in Cambodia for several years and most recently for News Limited in Victoria. Eddie can be reached at

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