Polluters want to drill for fossil fuels in the coastal waters of south west Victoria
In 2018, the Andrews Government released five new oil and gas exploration blocks off the Otway coast, stretching west to the South Australian border. Details on the release is available on the government's Earth Resources website.
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.
The tender process for companies to apply to drill in state waters 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 or early winter 2020.
Western Victoria is blessed with pristine oceans, is home to humpback whales, southern right whales, dolphins and even orcas who depend on a clean and healthy ecosystem for breeding and survival. It's agricultural and tourism industries contribute much to the local and regional economy, and rely on a healthy environment to thrive.
Further to these threats, offshore oil and gas drilling will be a major new source of greenhouse pollution.
Climate science makes it abundantly clear that time is running out if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. We must keep remaining fossil fuels in the ground.
In 2017, the Andrews Government displayed true leadership, legislating a permanent ban on fracking in Victoria.
The New Zealand government has banned new exploration permits for offshore oil. Victoria should do the same.
This exploration is a real risk to Victoria's coastline. Your donation can help us prevent it.