VICTORIA LIFTS ONSHORE GAS BAN: EXPERTS AVAILABLE
Climate experts, health professionals and farmers have condemned the Andrews Governments’ decision today to lift the ban on onshore gas drilling.
The Government’s decision to lift the moratorium, following pressure from the fossil fuel lobby, will allow for conventional gas exploration and drilling to take place in Victoria, and aims to bring more gas into the Victorian domestic market.
Gas is a highly polluting fossil fuel and a driver of climate change. Experts have warned that increasing gas drilling and reliance on gas puts the health and security of Victorians at risk, pushes up the state’s emissions and power prices and puts residents in the path of worsening climate impacts.
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Amanda McKenzie, Chief Executive, Climate Council, can talk about why the Andrews Government’s decision to cave to pressure from the fossil fuel lobby puts Victorians at risk of worsening climate impacts, and will push the state’s emissions to dangerous levels.
“The Andrews Government’s decision to backpedal on the ban on onshore conventional gas drilling is hugely disappointing. Gas is a highly polluting fossil fuel that drives climate change. Lifting the gas drilling ban puts the health and security of Victorians at risk and will push our emissions up.”
“The Victorian Government needs to invest in renewable energy to secure the state’s power supply and tackle climate change, rather than caving to pressure from the fossil fuel lobby.”
Katherine Barraclough, GP, Doctors for the Environment, can talk about the health risks associated with gas, the poor timing of this announcement at a time when the medical profession is stretched to capacity due to COVID-19 and why the Victorian Government needs to invest in renewable energy, rather than fossil fuels, if it is serious about protecting the health of Victorians.
“As a health professional the timing of this announcement is entirely inappropriate. Gas is a polluting fossil fuel that puts Victorians’ health and safety at risk. We’re facing an unprecedented health crisis at the moment with COVID-19, and the medical profession is stretched to the limit. Backpedalling on the onshore gas drilling ban at this time is an highly irresponsible move by the Andrews Government.”
Fergus O’Connor, beef cattle producer, South Gippsland, can speak about the agricultural sector’s concerns with onshore gas extraction in Victoria.
“Being a farmer in one of the richest producing parts of Australia, it’s essential we look after our agricultural land and not put it at risk with gas extraction.“You wonder why the government has a community consultation period, when they do what they want anyway.
“They ought to be held accountable.”