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Government pulls strings to protect gas industry

The Victorian Government vets where onshore gas miners can speak and has alerted them not to speak at a public event in Geelong.

Frack Free Geelong media release – 15 September 2014

“We find it extremely disappointing that a community group which wants to show and discuss both sides of the ‘fracking’ story haven’t been able to do so,” said Frack Free Geelong spokesperson Chris Johnson.

Frack Free Geelong is a community network of over 600 citizens who are concerned that onshore gas extraction will turn Geelong region into an industrial zone polluting the air, contaminating aquifers and causing real estate value to drop.

“We felt it important that the community got both sides of this very controversial issue. Accordingly we invited Lakes Oil CEO Mr Robert J. Annells to address our information evening which is going to be held this Thursday night. Lakes Oil holds Petroleum Exploration Permit 163 to drill for gas in this region, an area which stretches from the Surf Coast to Highton in Geelong.”

In an email, Mr Arnells’ secretary declined the invitation while explaining his decline in the following way: “We have been alerted by the Victorian government’s Primary Agency to speak at events that are only run by approved government bodies that provide controlled, open and impartial dialogue.”

“Who is protecting who in this onshore gas game? And what is it they are afraid of?,” asked Ms Johnson: “This makes us wonder just how seriously the Napthine government is taking people’s concerns about fracking as well as its moratorium extension. Is this just a ploy to take it off the election agenda? Why do they feel that Lakes Oil need protecting? Who is on their list of ‘approved organisations’ and what criteria have been used to select these?”

“When you look at the 31-page pamphlet Lakes Oil’s has produced to tell about their gas mining activities in Victoria, why is the whole first page used to bring a disclaimer with a lawyer’s text that basically says that the company can’t be taken to court even if what is states in the pamphlet turns out to be false? What kind of business is this? We must demand answers to these questions from the Napthine government,” stated Ms Johnson.

“We can assure both Mr Napthine and Lakes Oil that the meeting’s moderator, the well-respected Diversitat CEO Mr Michael Martinez will be encouraging people to be open and impartial. The speakers will be presenting facts, and the audience will be encouraged to make comments and ask questions. Inspite of Lakes Oil’s non-attendance, we will still try our best to give their side of the issue as well.”


The public meeting about onshore gas extraction is held at Manifold Heights Baptist Church on Thursday 18 September 2014 at 7pm. Admission is free. More information about the program on www.climatesafety.info/gasrush

High resolution photos for download:
» www.frackfreegeelong.org/download

Frack Free Geelong are a community group concerned about the risk that coal, coal seam gas, tight gas and shale gas exploration will have on Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast. The group currently consists of approximately 600 concerned citizens in the Geelong region.

Have your say on fracking

The closing date for submissions to Council about fracking is Friday 26 September.

Frack Free Geelong encourages every citizen in Geelong to “have your say” on this matter. Even a sentence or two counts, by email, online or in the mail.

» Submissions can be sent to Geelong Council via this webpage:

» www.frackfreegeelong.org

» www.facebook.com/frackfreegeelong

Media coverage

Geelong Independent – 19 September 2014

» Geelong Independent – 19 September 2014:
Fuel boss ‘gagged’ on fracking
Government ‘pulling strings’, claim activists. Article by John van Klaveren

Let government understand we want fracking banned: Come to Torquay today!

Today: Torquay Bowls Club, The Esplanade in Torquay
– come anytime between 2pm and 8pm.

Natural Gas Community Information Open Days

Just pop in to have your say!

The more people that take part in this, the more impact it has.

• Come at 6:30pm to have your photo taken with your community! •

» More information on www.naturalgasinfo.vic.gov.au

Transition South Barwon wrote:

Govt. gas mining “Community Information Open Day” Thurs 19 June 2014


This event is part of the State Govenrment’s push for acceptance of “onshore natural gas” (i.e.. conventional and unconventional gas).

Date: Thursday 19 June 2014

Time: 2pm-8pm

VenueTorquay Bowls Club, The Esplanade, Torquay

This event seems to have been very poorly promoted by the govenrment, but it is critical that there is strong community participation.

It looks like this is the only event for this region.


Remember that the PEP163 exploration area also covers part of Grovedale and Waurn Ponds and that the permit owners “Lakes Oil” directors include Ian Plimer – an active climate change denialist and partly onwed by Gina Reinhart. Their website states “Lakes Oil is not involved in Coal Seam Gas. We do not intend to be involved in Coal Seam Gas.” – They are targetting ways to get around the State ban on tracking as this pro-gas article shows.

If you don’t know what this might mean for our region then this simple Google image search will give you an idea.

Community opposition has already slowed and stopped a number of these projects. Now it’s our time to act. Get informed, turn up and ask the hard questions.. does it mean drilling through water aquifers… can you gain access to my property without my permission … has there been contamination to rivers in other States … etc.

I hope you can make it …

See also:







Transition South Barwon

Frack Free Moriac wrote:


Frack Free Geelong, Grovedale, Bellarine, Surf Coast & Moriac

Reith’s Gas Market report released for public comment

The full Gas Market Taskforce report has been provided to the Victorian Government and is being released for public comment.

It would be fantastic to get heaps of submissions in from members of Frack Free Geelong. Submissions are due by the end of March 2014.

“The Gas Market Taskforce, chaired by former Federal Minister Peter Reith, was established in January 2013 by Premier Ted Baillieu to examine gas supply issues. The release of this report demonstrates the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment to full public consultation about how Victoria should address these important issues.

The Government will consider a wealth of information from a variety of sources in order to gain a full and comprehensive understanding of this issue before moving forward.
The Government received the final report on November 1, 2013 and will now consider its findings and respond in due course. The report will be one input the Government considers to build a comprehensive picture of the issues around gas policy.

The Government will consult widely on these issues and there will be future opportunities for community input.”

Noah Beecher Kelk wrote:
“Quit Coal is working on producing a fairly long and detailed one but if you don’t have time for that then don’t worry! I’ve put together a few dot points that you can use some or all of. The submissions only need to be a paragraph long, but they can be as long as you want! I have some more technical points that a few more knowledgable Quit Coalers put together so if you want to really sink your teeth into a response then email me back and I’ll pass them on.

The most important thing is that we want to make it clear to the government that WE DO NOT WANT THIS INDUSTRY.

So if you want to completely ignore my dot points that is totally fine, just speak from your heart about why you oppose the development of an onshore gas industry.

The link is here: www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/about-us/publications/Gas-Market-Taskforce-report
NB: You must click on ‘Feedback’ at the bottom.

If anyone has questions or problems with the website etc., feel free to call me on 0403 274 103.

Noah Beecher Kelk
Quit Coal”

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Report is heavily biased – why were there gas industry members on the supposedly impartial taskforce?

Report only addresses ‘how to make the industry most effective’ without first asking ‘should we have this industry’?

Affected communities need to be consulted – without their input, no report is adequate;

Ignores widespread community opposition and participatory democracy that has been organised at ground level;

Report ignores widespread complaints against fracking from Queensland and NSW, and overseas;

Report claims we need more gas for Victoria when there is more than enough coming from offshore wells, for example in the Bass Strait;

Report is a thinly veiled attempt to create an export industry to allow large corporations to increase their profit margin by selling to an overseas market instead of the cheaper domestic market;

Linking the domestic market with the overseas market will cause domestic prices to skyrocket. Peter Reith is aware of this and claims that destroying farmland with unconventional gas mining is the only way to offset this;

In fact there are many alternatives including storing gas for domestic use, finding alternative power sources such as renewable energy, and alternative chemical feedstocks such as biochar.

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Annoyingly there’s no ability to upload word documents/bigger submissions. Must use online submission form.

The link is here: www.energyandresources.vic.gov.au/about-us/publications/Gas-Market-Taskforce-report
NB: You must click on ‘Feedback’ at the bottom.