State Government plays politics with Victoria’s energy future

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20 March 19, 10:54am Today’s @dailytelegraph: A #gas goldmine exists in regional NSW. Unemployment would be slashed if more gas fields w… https://t.co/CYRm9pOmL2
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19 March 19, 10:53am NSW’s only #natgas production in western Sydney is declining, and unless something changes, the state will soon be… https://t.co/z8py4K4SD3
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19 March 19, 10:38am NSW relies heavily on a sustainable, affordable supply of #natgas but the state’s politician have failed to grasp t… https://t.co/zefwUwHrEo
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5 March 19, 3:09pm #WesternAustralia’s energy security has been further boosted following the start of domestic #gas supply from… https://t.co/BsYPCrSRXn
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by APPEALtd

Just days after the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council confirmed the urgent need to develop new gas supply to prevent a looming shortfall, the Victorian government has played politics by extending its restrictions on onshore gas development.

“There is no environmental reason to prohibit onshore gas development in Victoria,” said APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm Roberts.

“The technology is proven and safe. In the case of conventional gas, Victoria has had decades of safe local production.

“Every independent, scientific inquiry confirms that, properly regulated, unconventional gas is safe. Activist fear campaigns can create confusion and uncertainty in the community but our political leaders have a responsibility to rise above such campaigns and support an honest, factual debate.

“The decision today is short-term politics that will leave Victoria exposed to unnecessarily high energy prices. In April, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission warned that Victoria was particularly vulnerable to tight market conditions. The ACCC also rejected the use of moratoriums.

“More than any other state, Victoria relies on natural gas. Almost 80 per cent of homes use it.

“Natural gas is the invisible ingredient for manufacturing – 27 per cent of the gas consumed by industry in Victoria is used as feedstock to make essential products such as glass, bricks and fertilisers. Industries such as dairy and food processing are heavy users of gas.

“Both the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Australia Consumer and Competition Commission have warned of gas supply shortfalls as early as 2019. The government has ignored this advice.”

COAG has confirmed that gas development is an urgent national priority to protect jobs, ease price pressures on consumers and support transition to a cleaner energy sector.

“Victoria has disconnected from gas market reform,” Dr Roberts said.

“Gas should be playing a greater role in Victoria’s energy mix, not a smaller one, given the critical role of gas-fired generation in complementing renewable energy.”