“There is nothing novel or unusual about developing conventional gas, Australia has been doing it safely for decades. Victoria itself benefited from a safe, successful onshore conventional gas industry for 20 years until 2006.
“The government’s own submission to the parliamentary inquiry into unconventional gas noted this history and indicated that further discoveries in the Otways are possible.
“Expert analysis provided to the government in 2015 advised that there are proven quality gas reservoirs.
“Instead, the government has killed off exploration and possible future development. It is facing a legal challenge from a business which has spent $92 million in exploring prospective resources in Victoria.