Na­tion­als back ban on frack­ing

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.”

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