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VIC Government to Legislate Ban on Fracking


Source: Reneweconomy, 30 August 2016

One week after Australia’s energy ministers met to consider proposals to open up the national gas market, Victoria’s Labor government has announced a permanent legislative ban on coal-seam gas mining in the state.

The decision, the government said, had been made based on the best available evidence, and in acknowledgment of the fact that the risks involved outweighed any potential benefits to the state.

It also follows the findings of a 2015 parliamentary inquiry into onshore unconventional gas that received more than 1600 submissions – most of them, the government said, in opposition to further CSG mining in the state.

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