Protecting Regional Communities from Onshore Gas Drilling
On June 16 2020, the Victorian Upper House voted on legislation to lift the moratorium on onshore gas development from June 30, 2021.
This is a heartbreaking outcome as the moratorium was the only protection communities and the natural world had from conventional onshore gas drilling.
But the fight is far from over. Community opposition will not go away.
Companies will not be able to apply for exploration licences until July 1, 2021. Then there is the approvals process, which takes time. We are likely at least two years away from any serious activity happening.
With all we know about climate science, the prospect of drilling new sources of gas looks like a worse decision than it was back in 2014.
Community resistance will happen when and where companies seek to develop onshore gas reserves. Friends of the Earth will be there to support them.
Across Victoria, communities have been opposing fossil fuel projects that threaten their health, their water, their economies, and are incompatible with a liveable climate.
From 2011 until 2017, Friends of the Earth played a key role in the successful campaign to:
- win a permanent ban on the process of fracking (a dangerous drilling method used to access unconventional forms of gas)
- win a moratorium on all onshore conventional gas drilling and exploration, and
- see off a number of plans for new coal mines in Victoria.