Nationals back ban on fracking
Member for Lowan Emma Kealy believes legislation banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to access onshore natural gas deposits in Victoria is a major win for the state’s farming community.
Ms Kealy said the passing of the Resources Legislation Amendment, Fracking Ban, Bill 2016 in State Parliament reflected the Nationals’ intent to always protect the state’s farming future. The Bill bans hydraulic fracturing and placed a legislated moratorium on conventional onshore gas development until June 30, 2020.
“The Nationals support the ban on fracking and have always said we would never allow any activity that threatened our land and water resources,” Ms Kealy said.
“Fracking has never occurred under The Nationals and we have always supported measures to protect our farming future. The Labor Government was a late convert.
“The previous Labor government issued 23 fracking permits and 73 licences for unconventional gas exploration with zero consultation with our communities.
“By contrast the previous Liberal and Nationals government introduced the moratorium on unconventional gas, banned the use of BTEX chemicals, undertook extensive community consultation and began work on technical studies to measure the status of our groundwater resources.
“Victoria’s agricultural industries are the lifeblood of rural communities and are too valuable to jeopardise. I have heard first hand from residents and landowners in the Lowan electorate who do not want to see fracking in our area. I am proud to have put their views on the record in my debate contribution.”