Premier Denis Napthine: Protect Victoria from dangerous coal and gas mining
The moratorium on fracking in Victoria is likely to be lifted this month. The minute that happens, fracking for unconventional gas will commence in some of Victoria’s prime agricultural land!
The rapid expansion of Victoria’s coal and unconventional gas industries threatens the health of rural communities, will destroy farmland, devastate natural ecosystems and contaminate water supplies.
We call on Premier Denis Napthine to institute a moratorium on all new coal and unconventional gas mining until it can be scientifically proven safe for us and our future generations.
Last year, in response to growing community opposition, the state government placed a moratorium (temporary ban) on all gas mining operations involving hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
However, this moratorium does not extend to other methods of gas extraction and does not cover coal mining at all - practices that also pose great risk to our health, climate and environment.
It is also likely to be lifted in the next few weeks when the National Harmonised Framework on CSG is released – national regulations on coal seam gas mining currently being developed by Australia’s energy ministers.
Very little is known about this framework and there is grave concern that it will not adequately protect communities and the environment from the devastating effects of coal and coal seam gas mining.
Mining licences cover almost all of Gippsland, some of Victoria’s most valuable agricultural land that produces food worth $1.3 billion each year.
There is a dangerously high risk that unconventional gas mining will directly compromise the state’s ability to produce uncontaminated food and water.
Now is the time to urge the government to take all necessary action to stop irreversible damage to Victoria’s most valuable agricultural land, to protect our farmland, our food and water supply and our climate future.
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- Premier of Victoria, Denis Napthine
The rapid expansion of the coal and unconventional gas industries in Victoria threatens the health of our rural communities, will destroy farmland, devastate natural ecosystems and contaminate water supplies.
Mining exploration licences cover vast tracks of Victoria's prime agricultural land and community concerns are growing rapidly.
While we appreciate that last year the Victorian government instituted a moratorium on all gas mining operations involving hydraulic fracturing, this moratorium does not go far enough and does not address the risks involved in:
• the extraction of shallow gas deposits that do not require fracking
• the planned expansion of Victoria’s coal industry, including open cut coal mines
The Premier must show he is listening to community concerns about coal and unconventional gas mining.
We call on the Victorian government to institute a moratorium on all new coal and unconventional gas (coal seam gas, shale and tight gas) operations until there has been a thorough, independent and unbiased scientific investigation that proves it is safe for:
• The health of our families and communities
• Our farmland and agriculture
• Our food and water supply
• Our climate and natural ecosystems
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