“Continuing to delay exploration will leave manufacturers, food processors and households exposed to unnecessarily higher gas prices,” he said.
“Victoria will never know how much gas is available when it prohibits any activity. We need to get serious about determining the size of gas resources and plan accordingly.”
APPEA’s submission to the Victorian Onshore Gas Inquiry recommends establishing an independent Gas Fields Commission, similar to that of Queensland, to lead community engagement and education in relation to unconventional gas.
VAGO’s 70-page assessment of unconventional gas in Victoria comes a day after representatives from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) fronted the inquiry and were criticised for failing to provide a clear viewpoint on the issue.