State govt greenlight for offshore gas exploration further locks in Victoria’s reliance on polluting fossil fuels

Community resistance to gas announcements in VIC

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. 

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Apollo Bay and Otway Ranges residents say "no" to offshore gas

Community members from Apollo Bay and the Otway Ranges held a paddle out on World Oceans day to object to the plans for offshore gas drilling in the waters of southwest Victoria and industrialisation of the Otway Basin.
 
OCEAN (Otway Climate Emergency Action Network), a newly formed community group, believes that expanding mining of our ocean is a backward step and a foolhardy plan when the science clearly identifies gas as a major contributor to the climate crisis:
 
"We have thriving tourist, fishing and farming industries that rely on the healthy, unspoiled environment of the southwest, said Lisa Deppeler of OCEAN. "What is our government thinking risking all of this?" 

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How to #StayInPaddleOut this World Oceans Day

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. 

Join us on World Oceans Day, Monday 8th June for our #StayInPaddleOut action to say #NoNewGas in the Otway Basin!

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?

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‘Virtual’ paddleout to show community opposition to offshore drilling

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.

 

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#StayInPaddleOut! To Stop New Gas

Virtual Paddle Out
Did you know that polluters want to drill for gas and oil in the coastal waters of south western Victoria?
 
The coastline from Port Campbell to the South Australian border is home to a major tourist industry. Income comes from whale watching, surfing, and all manner of accommodation, hospitality and service industries which support tourism.
 
These communities are already being hit hard by COVID-19 travel restrictions. Imagine the devastating impacts of a major oil spill on this shoreline.
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2020 GAS VILLIANS & HOW TO RESIST FOSSIL FOOLS

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!

DIGITAL ACTION TO RESIST FOSSIL FOOLS!

TELL Mr Andrews … NO NEW OIL & GAS in the OTWAY BASIN FOE PETITION

Join FOE’s NO FOSSIL FUELS DIGITAL SNAP ACTION

Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria
Otway Gas Plant near Port Campbell, Victoria (source: Beach Energy website)

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Victorian offshore gas announcement expected soon

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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.

 

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