Victoria

Gippsland celebrates two year anniversary of fracking ban

The Gippsland community has celebrated the second anniversary of the Victorian Government’s historic decision to permanently ban fracking and all other forms of unconventional onshore gas extraction.

Victorian Minister for Resources Tim Pallas and Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined Gippsland locals at Prom Country Cheese in Moyarra to celebrate the protection of the agriculture industry and the jobs dependent on it.

The Victorian Government’s ban on fracking protects the ‘clean, green’ reputation of Victoria’s agriculture sector, which employs more than 190,000 people and provides much-needed certainty to regional communities.

The decision to ban fracking formed part of the response to the 2015 Parliamentary Inquiry into Onshore Unconventional Gas in Victoria, which received more than 1600 submissions, mostly opposed to onshore unconventional gas.

In reaching our decision, the Victorian Government met with residents in Gippsland and across the state, and listened to their views first-hand.

The Victorian Government is proud to have banned fracking, and support rural communities state-wide who continue to oppose fracking and the unconventional gas industry.

Source: Vic Government