With state and federal governments pushing for a fossil-fuel-led boost to the economy in the wake of COVID 19, we have a two big fights on our hands in the months and years ahead.
Communities are facing gas mining on farms, and more gas mining off our coastline. It means more greenhouse gas emissions. It means putting off the transition we need to shift our economy to renewable energy.
Investing in new fossil fuel development simply locks us in to oil and gas use when the climate science clearly shows us that we need to transition away from these energy sources urgently.
The Andrews Labor Government has released five new oil and gas exploration blocks in the offshore Otway Basin in state waters, extending from Port Campbell to the South Australian border. They are part of the national 2018 Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release.
The extraction and burning of fossil fuels risks marine life and is bad for climate and tourism.
The Andrews government will soon lift lifts onshore drilling moratorium
On June 16 this year, the Victorian Upper House voted on legislation to lift the moratorium (temporary ban) on onshore gas development from June 30, 2021.
Along with areas in the The South-West, parts of Gippsland are likely to be ground zero for new gas drilling now that the moratorium on onshore conventional drilling will be lifted. But the fight is far from over.