Fracking moratorium is welcomed

THE State Government’s moratorium on fracking and limitations on coal seam gas exploration at least until next year has been welcomed in some sectors of the community.

By then, according to Deputy Premier and Gippsland South MLA Peter Ryan, the state and Commonwealth governments will have come together and set a national standard on the issue.

The moratorium has been cautiously welcomed by CSG Wellington Awareness Group and the Victorian Farmers Federation and attacked by the State Opposition as not going far enough.

CSG Wellington Awareness Group spokesperson Jo McCubbin said it was pleasing the government had listened to the concerns of communities.

“This does not mean that Gippslanders no longer have anything to worry about,” she said.

“But, it does allow some time to get better information.

“Fracking that has already started and more is planned at (Seaspray and Longford), that will be on hold until (the national standard is set).

“There is much that is not 100 per cent clear,” Dr McCubbin said.

CSG Wellington Awareness Group will hold its information night on Monday, September 3, at Delbridge Hall, Sale, from 6pm.

The Victorian Farmers’ Federation also welcomed the decision to ban fracking until a national framework was established on coal seam gas developments.

Eastern Victoria MLC Matt Viney has welcomed the moratorium, but said it didn’t actually address the concerns of the community.

“What we have here is the government saying they might ban fracking but they have still not committed to doing the proper research,” he said.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.