The committee called on Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio to give evidence at the inquiry.
Citing overwhelming evidence both for and against unconventional gas exploration and development in Victoria, the report stated that additional research on the prospectivity of commercial sources of unconventional gas in Victoria, potential risks and the current legislative and regulatory framework is necessary before any final determination.
“The Committee will consider the scientific data gathered in the water studies of the Gippsland and Otway Basins that have recently been released by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The Committee will appraise the differing evidence it has received regarding the effect an unconventional gas industry in Victoria could have on the price of gas in this state.”
The interim report finally stated that it will seek further information from Queensland, New South Wales on the impact on agriculture and rural communities, evidence of co-existence, health impacts, the question of reputational risk, and the regulatory regimes of other jurisdictions.
“The Committee’s ability to progress this Inquiry has been dependent on the resources available to it. It has recently received approval to engage scientific expertise and this will assist it in doing justice to the significance of this issue for Victoria.”