Monday, January 23, 2012

Australian Government tries to hide its own peak oil report

 re-posted from oilshockhorrorprobe

The Daily Telegraph has revealed how the Australian government has attempted to suppress its own report on peak oil. The response from the New Zealand government had been equally secretive and obfuscating.

The Report by the Australian Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) is called “Transport Energy Futures; long-term oil supply trends and predictions” and can be downloaded as a pdf

The 470 page report concludes that world oil production will peak in approximately 2016 and then begin to decline for the rest of the century and beyond.
"Given the growth in deep and non-conventional oil balancing the shallow decline in conventional production, it is predicted that we have entered about 2006 onto a slightly upward slanting plateau in potential oil production that will last only to about 2016-eight years from now (2008).
After that, the modelling is forecasting what can be termed ‘the 2017 drop-off’. The outlook under a base case scenario is for a long decline in oil production to begin in 2017, which will stretch to the end of the century and beyond. Projected increases in deep water and non-conventional oil, which are ‘rate-constrained’ in ways that conventional oil is not, will not change this pattern."
The report has never been published on an Australian Government website (unlike all other BITRE reports), but has now mysteriously appeared on a French website (leaked?) and from there has now gone mainstream.

The New Zealand government approach to peak oil has been equally secretive but much more cunning. Although the National government received very strong advice from officials in 2009 confirming New Zealand's high vulnerability to oil shocks, it has decided that the peak oil issue is altogether too sensitive to risk obtaining further advice on. NZ Report here

Better not to ask any questions when you don't have any answers. This ostrich approach was confirmed from my official information request in late 2001. The response I received was that no specific advice on the risks and impacts to New Zealand of a potential decline in world oil production had been requested or received since 2008.

What I would now like to know now is, given the high degree of co-operation between officials trans-Tasman, whether New Zealand officials or Ministers received copies of the BITRE report, and if so what was their response to it?


SP said...

I also found no public links to this document at the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport. Just checking.

Google did however find a non public link to the exact same document at The Australian Institute of Energy.\Images\Report_120106.pdf

Searches on the ISBN (it has one) or INFRASTRUCTURE 08294 (the abbreviated document name) at either BIT or AIE were negative.

The closest match from the AIE was for "Australia’s future oil supply and alternative transport fuels" from 2007, Final Report, which recommended a further in depth study.

The 2009 document preface states "In 2007 the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE)commenced a project..."

mike said...

Obviously Ackerman is a lunatic and shill for CTL, but the hidden report is a concern. Was there ever any response from the government?