The Victorian Government has continued to put on hold work plan approvals for onshore gas exploration in the state, citing the need for more information including evidence from a water study, community views and industry impacts.
Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources Russell Northe said the move aims to ensure the economic benefits of onshore natural gas development are balanced against the interests of local communities, landowners and the environment.
Meanwhile, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) said the government’s decision not to approve work and operational plans for onshore gas exploration drilling activities presents delays to companies looking to bolster the state’s energy supply.
Australian Industry Group Chief Executive Innes Willox questioned the extension, commenting that gas development within the state would “assist in long-term supply constraints that we face”.
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