energy security threatened by Victorian Gas ban: APGA
As reported by the Australian Pipeliner, 23rd November, 2016.
Victoria’s decision to move ahead with legislating a permanent ban on unconventional gas extraction is extremely disappointing and risks the State’s economic future, said the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association (APGA).
At a time when increasing the proportion of natural gas in our national energy mix would do much to cut Australia’s carbon emissions, the Victorian Government introduced legislation that will make the smooth transition to a low carbon future much more difficult.
APGA Chief Executive Cheryl Cartwright said the move, which would also lengthen the ban on onshore conventional exploration to 2020, confirmed that Victoria was abrogating its responsibilities to the nation’s energy security.
“All participants in the East Coast gas market are working on finding a solution to the current situation where demand for gas exceeds supply,” said Ms Cartwright.
“The solution is to increase supply, not cut-off the possibility of extracting it.