Victorian gas ban must go: APPEA

Onshore operations in the Otway Basin, Victoria.

Onshore operations in the Otway Basin, Victoria.

Claims by the Victorian Government that its bans on developing new onshore gas resources will not affect gas prices for Victorian customers defy common sense and market realities, according to the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).

“This issue goes beyond the government surrendering to the activists’ fear campaign against hydraulic fracturing,” said APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts.

“The Victorian Government has not just banned fracturing; it has imposed a five year moratorium on developing any onshore gas resources, regardless of whether or not fracturing is needed.

“In the one-page press release announcing the government’s decision to kill all onshore gas development, the five-year moratorium appears at the bottom of the page, without explanation or justification.

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