“The moratorium that prohibits exploratory drilling for conventional gas onshore gas should, therefore, be lifted as a matter of urgency,” Mr Andrews wrote.
Mr Andrews said the shire “accepted” the current moratorium on unconventional extraction methods such as fracking due to significant community concern. However the same could not be said for exploration.
“We do not support the moratorium on exploration activities, including drilling, for unconventional gas. It is difficult to make informed decision on the viability or potential economic significance of unconventional gas unless we actually know if the resource exists and the nature of that resource.”
Corangamite Shire’s position on the moratorium and the unconventional gas inquiry comes as Lakes Oil, a gas explorer in Victoria, called for two drilling approvals to prove resource levels in the Otway basin.