These recommendations include, amongst others, that:
- The precursor internal submissions from Victorian departments and agencies that informed the whole-of-government inter-departmental submission to this Inquiry into unconventional gas be made public to inform the community of the different positions of departments and agencies.
- The Chief Health Officer commissions a full review and report to the Victorian Government on the possible human health impacts of an unconventional gas industry.
- The Victorian Government undertake a significant program to collect baseline data prior to any unconventional gas industry going ahead, including: (a) further sampling of groundwater monitoring bores (b) locating groundwater monitoring bores in areas of potential gas extraction.
- The Victorian Government establishes an independent water science committee chaired by an eminent scientist to oversee a water science and monitoring program, and provide independent advice on water quality and other environmental issues.
According to Mr Davis, the inquiry received more submissions than any other inquiry in recent Victorian Parliamentary history.
Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive Malcolm Roberts commented “There is much at stake for Victoria. The state relies heavily on natural gas.
“Almost 80 per cent of its households use gas. A large part of Victorian manufacturing needs gas for energy and as an irreplaceable feedstock for its products. Almost 40 per cent of the gas used by Victorian industry is used as a feedstock to create products such as fertilisers, textiles, paints and pharmaceuticals.