Andrews Govt To Ban Fracking

Andrews Govt To Ban Fracking

Victoria Minister for Resources Wade Noonan

Banning Fracking Once And For All

Victor P Taffa

Landmark legislation to permanently ban fracking for gas will today return to the Victorian Parliament as the Andrews Government puts regional communities first to protect our clean and green reputation.

Victorians have overwhelmingly embraced a ban on fracking to support farmers, the environment and the state’s vital food and fibre sector.

“Victorians have resoundingly rejected fracking, and we’re putting an end to it.” Minister for Resources Wade Noonan said.

“It threatens the reputation of our vital agricultural sector and puts the state’s world-class food producers and regional economies at risk.”

In a national first, the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016 will:

  • Permanently ban all onshore unconventional gas exploration and development, including hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and coal seam gas
  • Extend the moratorium on conventional onshore gas exploration and development to 30 June 2020

The Bill amends the Petroleum Act 1998 and the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 to implement the permanent ban.

Legislation forms part of the State Government’s response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria which received more than 1,600 submissions, mostly opposed to onshore unconventional gas.

Extending the moratorium to 2020 will allow for experts to carry out scientific, technical and environmental studies on the risks, benefits and impacts of onshore conventional gas

That work will be overseen by Victoria’s lead scientist in consultation with a stakeholder advisory committee made up of farmers, industry, local government and community members.

Andrews Government has called on the Victorian Liberals and Nationals to support the Bill and take a stand on this critical issue for the state.

“Our ban on fracking is what the community has asked for, and I call on the Victorian Liberals and Nationals to support the Bill as it’s debated in Parliament today.” Mr. Noonan said.

Victoria’s agricultural sector exports $12 Billion in food and fibre products each year and employs about 190,000 people.

This Bill will ensure Victoria remains frack-free to support food and fibre production across the state, regional economies and local jobs.