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.

Land use approvals should be based on sound science rather than politics and populism. This is particularly the case with coal seam gas where community sentiment is often underpinned by deliberate falsehoods and alarmism from groups generally opposed to industrial development.

The blanket, arbitrary exclusion of certain land uses activities, whether mining or farming, flies in the face of accepted project approvals processes. Land use activity must be assessed through a transparent project approvals system that properly evaluates the social, environmental and economic impact of developments.

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