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21 November 2013 - Victorian Premier Denis
Napthine extended the Victorian moratorium on coal seam gas mining until July
2015 - after the next state election.
Napthine released the final Gas Market Taskforce report on Thursday, three weeks
after it was handed to the government by chairman & gas industry lobbyist Peter
Dr Napthine said all Victorians could respond to the report through the
Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) website until
Energy and Resources Minister Nicholas Kotsiras will also hold a consultation
process with communities to seek direct responses from April 2014.
"This 12-month community consultation process will include public submissions,
thorough facilitated community meetings and workshops with key stakeholders such
as farmers, environmental groups, community groups and individuals across
Victoria," Dr Napthine said.
The community consultation process will report in July 2015.
Reith Gas Market Taskforce
21 November 2013 -
The Gas Market Taskforce has been made public
Former Howard Government Minister Peter Reith, of "children overboard" fame was
paid $2000 a day consulting with the mining industry and government departments, to
produce a report to the Victorian Government on how they should proceed to
facilitate the gas & mining industry's expansion into this state.
The Victorian Opposition obtained freedom of information documents which revealed the
taskforce, between July 2012 and September this year, held 31 meetings. All of
these meetings were with gas and energy industry stakeholders and government departments.
Mr Reith did meet once with the Victorian
Farmers Federation at the end of September, just weeks before the report was
handed to the Government.
The Gas Market Taskforce comprised of: chair Peter Reith, a
lobbyist for 1st State with links to the gas industry; Mark Collette, Group
Executive Manager of Energy Markets for Energy Australia; Frank Calabria,
Energy Markets Chief Executive Officer for Origin Energy;
Craig Arnold, President of Dow Chemicals
Australia and New Zealand; Cheryl Cartwright, Chief Executive of the
Australian Pipeline Industry Association; Angus
Taylor, Federal Liberal MP and director of Port Jackson Partners
consulting firm; Innes Willox, Chief Executive of the Australian Industry
Group; and David Byers, Chief Executive of the
Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.
Unconventional gas in Victoria: proceed with care
18 November 2013 -
The Conversation - New approaches and perhaps new technologies will be
needed if Victoria’s CSG deposits are to be commercially exploited and as in
shale gas there will be a need for effective transparent regulations
particularly on groundwater, but it is very unlikely indeed there will be any
fracking of Victorian coals.
Rinehart's Lakes Oil in discussion with the Chinese
4 November 2013 - It was announced that Victorian gas company
Lakes Oil and China Shengli Oilfield
Longxi Petroleum Engineering Company (CSOLPE) of China, has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding to
investigate a possible joint development of LKO’s permits in Gippsland, Victoria.
Representatives of CSOLPE will travel to Melbourne in November to visit Gippsland and to discuss
the potential project with
state and local governments.
Armour Energy has a 13%
interest in Lakes Oil, a gas explorer
focused on the Otway and Gippsland Basins, Victoria and entered an agreement to
earn 51% interest in two tenements (petroleum exploration permit (PEP) 166 and
PEP 169) held by Lakes Oil and an option to acquire 50% of Lakes Oil’s interest
in a third tenement
Dairy industry asks for more information on CSG mining
15 November, 2013 - ABC - Dairy company Murray Goulburn asked for a briefing
paper on coal seam gas (CSG) mining from the anti-CSG Lock the Gate alliance in
Gippsland. The information is now being reviewed by Dairy Australia and an
industry response is expected early next year.
briefing paper was compiled by 20 members of the Gippsland Lock the Gate
alliance and covers what the alliance sees as the potential impacts of coal seam
gas mining to the dairy industry.
Greens leader Greg Barber calls for parliamentary debate on CSG ban
11 Nov 2013 - Greg Barber, the leader of the Victorian Greens plans to introduce
a motion to the Upper House of State Parliament calling for a ban on the coal
seam gas (CSG) industry.
He wants to encourage debate to see where members of the Upper House stand on
the issue. Mt Barber recently tabled in Parliament a petition signed by 5,000
people calling for a ban on CSG.
The State Government is considering proposed legislative changes to make it
harder to exempt an area from mining.
The following media release from the Victorian Greens is published in full
Gina Rinehart plans to frack Western Victoria
13th November 2013 - The Greens have released Lakes Oil operations plans for
unconventional gas fracking on farms in the Bellarine and Otways regions, on the
same day Parliament will debate a Greens motion to ban fracking. The plans were
obtained by Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber by freedom of information.
"The permits are current. The only thing stopping Lakes Oil in Western Victoria
is the moratorium on fracking. Gina Rinehart is waiting for a signal to start,"
said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber
"One operations plan is for a grazing property in Moriac, near Torquay. It is
for exploration drilling, with more wells planned if commercial quantities of
gas are found.
"The second plan is for a cattle farm near Brucknell, between Port Campbell and
Warrnambool, which Lakes Oil expects to produce gas during the exploration
"The potential impacts of both operations include contamination of aquifers,
which the Lakes Oil document describes as ‘extremely difficult to predict’,
meaning that they can't predict whether or not it will happen and once drilling
starts they can't do anything to prevent it.
"I'm for farming, fresh water and clean air," said Mr Barber
Mr Barber's motion will be debated and voted on this afternoon in Victorian Parliament:
That this House calls on the State Government to implement a permanent ban on
the exploration or development of unconventional gas fossil fuels across Victoria.
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