Stop new Coal and Coal Seam Gas Mining in Victoria
  • Petitioned Ted Ballieu
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Premier, Victoria
Ted Ballieu
Deputy Premier, Leader of the Nationals
Peter Ryan
Member for Western Victoria Region
David O'Brien
See response
Member for Western Victoria Region
Simon Ramsay
Minister for Energy and Resources
Michael O'Brien
Member for Morwell
Russell Northe

Stop new Coal and Coal Seam Gas Mining in Victoria

    1. Petition by

      Friends of the Earth Australia

Victoria is facing a massive expansion of the fossil fuel industry across the state.  Massive new coal mine proposals, Coal Seam Gas fracking (CSG) and plans to export brown coal pose an enormous threat to Victoria’s farmland, ground and surface water, and will produce more greenhouse pollution.

There are proposals for massive new coal mines and drilling for CSG, Tight Gas, Shale Gas and also ‘traditional’ Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) covering substantial areas of Victoria.

If allowed to proceed, this industry will transform much of the best food producing regions in the state.

Coal Seam Gas mining (or CSG, also called CBM) has taken off at an unprecedented rate in NSW and Queensland.  The impact and land has been so great that farmers and environmentalists joined forces to block CSG and call for a CSG moratorium.

As in Queensland, it is likely that some of the companies wanting to explore in Victoria will want to use hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) to extract the gas from seams of coal.

Fracking blasts a mixture of water, sand and chemicals deep under ground. In the USA, up to 596 chemicals make up 'fracking fluid', many of which (including hydrochloric acid) are potentially very dangerous if they chemicals contaminate water supplies. In Australia, only two of 23 most commonly used fracking chemicals have ever been assessed by NICNAS, Australia’s industrial chemicals regulator. The two that were assessed have never been assessed for use as fracking chemicals.

There are confirmed instances of cancer-causing chemicals contaminating water near fracking sites in Queensland.

Across the Australia and the world, there is growing evidence to suggest people are getting horribly sick after their water is contaminated as a result of fracking.

This on-shore gas industry is not yet established in Victoria but mining companies are pushing hard to start operations.  Meanwhile there are proposals for new coal developments in prime food growing areas, like Bacchus Marsh, where land destruction and water contamination could spell disaster for our food production.

Under pressure from a coalition of groups and individuals from farmers to environmentalists to media personalities like Alan Jones, the Coalition Government in New South Wales has already introduced a moratorium preventing fracking until scientific research provides assurances that no one will be put at risk.

We must stand together and ask the Victorian Coalition government to do the same. Please sign the petition, and call on the Victorian government to institute a moratorium on all new fossil fuel operations including further exploration until its scientifically proven to be safe for our families and communities, our food production and water, and our natural ecosystems.

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    1. Decision-maker David O'Brien responds:

      David O'Brien

      Dear all
      Thanks for contacting my office regarding CSG mining in Victoria.

      Last Friday, Minister for Energy Michael O'Brien announced significant reforms to regulations in this area.

      The reforms which come into effect immediately a...

    2. new coal proposal for Mirboo North

      hello all
      this is a quick update to people who have signed our petition calling for a moratorium on new coal and gas in Victroria (thanks!).

      You are probably aware that there is a new proposal by Mantle Mining seeking to explore for coal in an area of Gippsland which includes the township of Mirboo North.

      We really need to flood the DPI with letters of objection.

      There is a form letter here that you can use:
      We have until Aug 8 to send a letter in.

      You can keep informed of new proposals and community opposition to coal and gas by going on our monthly elist (just send an email to with the subject line RENEWABLES/ CSG or check our facebook page:

      all the best
      Cam Walker
      Friends of the Earth

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Brendan Caffrey TRARALGON, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      health effects, contamination of aquifers, fugitive emissions causing global warming and health impacts, industrialisation of farming landscapes, reduces food security, destruction of landscape and biodiversity, adverse social impacts caused by gas industry workers and blatant bullying and intimidation by the Minerals Council and the Mining Industry at large.

    • Glen Warren AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I love the environment.

    • Stephen Oakes DSDS, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      You've gone too far, one-term Ted.

    • linda kouvaras MELB, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      we must protect, not ruin, our food producing regions!

    • paula greenough MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      understanding the impact on the geo-plates and the distribution of pressure and the change that seam mining has on these pressures let alone the pollution ongoing incurred also is enough to look to viable alternatives to these mining practices


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