VIC Media Releases


COAL SEAM GAS EXPLORATION IN VICTORIA

The decision today to halt exploration for Coal Seam Gas in Victoria is profoundly disappointing. Decisions on granting exploration licenses should be based on rigorous scientific assessment and best practice environmental management rather than external pressures. Today’s announcement is not consistent with the merits-based decision making processes required under Victoria’s mining laws.

A strong future for coal and the Latrobe Valley

The State Government’s long-term strategy for the Latrobe Valley is a welcome commitment to the development of the region and its vital industries. In the face of concerted challenges, such as the Federal Government’s new carbon tax, The Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap released today provides a long term strategy for local communities under pressure.

A STRONG FUTURE FOR THE VICTORIAN MINERALS INDUSTRY

The minerals industry welcomes the Victorian Parliament’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee report on exploration in Victoria. The minerals industry is encouraged by the committee’s acknowledgement that the “mining industry laid the foundations for making Victoria the great state it is today”. The committee’s recommendations, if adopted, would significantly increase mining’s economic contribution to Victoria and stop the state falling further behind in the highlycompetitive contest to attract minerals investment.

SOUND SCIENCE NOT POLITICS SHOULD DETERMINE LAND-USE

The Minerals Council of Australia – Victorian Division is profoundly disappointed by the Victorian Opposition’s call for a moratorium on coal seam gas exploration. The move reflects a poor understanding of the exploration processes involved in identifying coal seam gas deposits as well as the strong regulatory regimes in Victoria.

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