State says ‘no’ to fracking and coal seam gas with permanent ban

In a first for Australia, the state of Victoria has banned all fracking and coal seam gas exploration. The government said the permanent ban on fracking and "the exploration and development of all onshore unconventional gas in Victoria" was an effort to protect the state's agriculture sector and regional communities.  SEE ALSO: Australian politician sets river on fire to protest fracking dangers The legislative ban will be introduced later this year, according to a statement from Premier Daniel Andrews' office , and is being framed as a partial response to a parliamentary inquiry into onshore unconventional gas in Victoria that received over 1,600 submissions from the public — most of them against fracking.  Read more... [...]
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