State govt greenlight for offshore gas exploration further locks in Victoria’s reliance on polluting fossil fuels
State Minister for Resources, Jaclyn Symes, has today announced that permits have been granted to Beach Energy and Bridgeport Energy to explore for gas in state waters near Portland and Port Campbell.Read more
The coastal waters of south western Victoria are under threat. Plans for rapid gas expansion of oil and gas drilling in the Otway Basin poses a direct threat to marine life and is bad for tourism. The burning of fossil fuels risks pushing us over an fast approaching tipping point of global emissions and irreversible climate change.
Help! I’m a city slicker stuck at home during COVID-19 but I still want to participate in the Virtual Paddle Out event this World Oceans Day on June 8th. Trouble is, I don’t have a kayak or a surfboard! What can I do to support this cause and say #NoNewGas while I #StayInPaddleOut?Read more
The waters of the Otway Basin from Port Campbell to the SA border are under threat from new offshore gas developments. Five parcels of ocean in state waters (within 5.5 kilometres of shore) were offered by the Andrews government in 2018. The Oil and Gas Acreage Release tender process would allow companies to explore for fossil fuels with a view to starting commercial operations. The process has gained ‘strong interest’ from industry, and an announcement on successful tenders is expected some time after June 30.
The extraction and burning of fossil fuels risks marine life and is bad for climate and tourism.
As a result of this threat of offshore fossil fuel production, a Virtual Paddleout will be held on World Oceans Day, Monday June 8.
THE GAS STORY: SO FAR NOT SO GOOD
Last week the Victorian government gave the go ahead to onshore conventional gas exploitation across the State. A moratorium had halted all exploration and drilling since 2014. In March 2020, the Andrews Government introduced new laws to lift the moratorium and allow extensive drilling for gas reserves underground from July 2021.
In 2018, the Victorian Labour Government 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. Climate science makes it abundantly clear that time is running out if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. To reduce methane gas emissions, we must stop further fossil fuel expansion and transition to 100% renewable energy and energy storage. The State government needs to cancel the tender process for offshore oil and gas exploration and end onshore gas expansion in the Otway Basin in western Victoria. The time for new fossil fuel expansion is over. Keep reading to meet the CAST OF GAS VILLIANS and TAKE DIGITAL ACTION NOW!
Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria (source: Beach Energy website)
In 2018, the Andrews Government released five new oil and gas exploration blocks off the Otway and West coast.
The tender process closed in mid February 2019. The government says that it has had 'strong' interest from companies that want to start exploring for gas.
We expect that an announcement on successful applicants will be made by autumn 2020.
It is essential that make it absolutely clear that the community does not support further fossil fuel development in the state.