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.
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.
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...
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...
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...