Communities across the state from Gippsland to South West Victoria are applauding the Andrews government for putting in place a total ban on unconventional gas mining. The announcement also extends the current moratorium on all onshore conventional gas mining until at least mid 2020. This is a decision that will protect the state’s water, land, air and environment for generations to come.
“This decision is such a relief for our community and so many like it, the threat of unconventional onshore gas mining has been hanging over our heads for years. It has been so heart wrenching at times, when we thought the drill rigs were coming and there was nothing we could do but we pulled together as a community and decided to fight this threat to our farmland, water and health and today’s decision is just fantastic, we are ecstatic”
“I’d like to thank Premier Daniel Andrews for standing beside rural communities and doing what the previous governments would not do and that’s protect us from this destructive, invasive industry” said Seaspray dairy farmer, Julie Boulton
Over the last 5 years the rapidly growing ‘lock the gate’ movement driven by rural communities across the state and supported by thousands of Victorians have finally had their voices heard. Until today over 1.4 million hectares of Victoria was threatened by some form of onshore gas mining which included coal seam gas, tight gas, shale gas and underground coal gasification. All these forms of unconventional gas will be banned whilst onshore conventional gas will continue to have a blanket moratorium in place until at least 2020.
Victoria has become the first state in Australia to put in place a total ban however the Andrews government is following in the footsteps of many countries and provinces around the world that have already done so.
“Labor has shown real leadership by listening to community concerns. The Andrews government has shown us today that they are unwilling to risk Victoria’s strong agriculture and tourism economy”
This is good news for every Victorian but for the farming communities that have been fighting to stop this industry for over 5 years now, this is a wonderful day, this decision gives them certainty to move forward, this decision protects Victoria’s vital ‘clean and green’ image” said Lock the Gate Victorian Coordinator Ursula Alquier
“The Andrews government understands that gas mining companies cannot guarantee the safety of our underground water supplies, our land or our environment. These are not things we have ever been willing to gamble with and today we can say for the first time that Victoria is protected, our water, our farmland, the health of our rural communities is protected” said community campaigner Alison Marchant
Cam Walker – Friends of the Earth 0419 338 047 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ursula Alquier – Friends of the Earth/ Lock the Gate Coordinator Gippsland 0474 803 740 email@example.com
Chloe Aldenhoven – Friends of the Earth/ Lock the Gate Coordinator Western Victoria 0432 328 107 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Marchant – Friends of the Earth Community Campaigner Western Victoria 0407 875 123 email@example.com