Councils unite against fracking

Moyne Shire Council takes lead in fight against gas mining

In a statewide council anti-fracking push, Moyne Shire Council is calling on all municipalities to oppose the exploration for and extraction of coal seam gas within the state.

“Moyne Shire Council hopes to lead a push to oppose the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas in Victoria. At the council’s March meeting in Mortlake Cr Ralph Leutton put forward a motion which seeks the support of councils across the state.

He called on Moyne to put forward a motion at the state council of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) calling on all municipalities to oppose the exploration for and extraction of coal seam gas within the state.

Cr Leutton received strong support from the other councillors present — Jim Doukas, Anthony Keane, Mick Wolfe and mayor James Purcell.

The state council of the MAV will be held on May 16 with all motions to be received a month in advance.”

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Excerpt from article by Anthony Brady in The Standard on 26 March 2014:

No fracking for Moyne
Council’s push to ban coal seam gas

» Continue reading here:
www.standard.net.au/story/2175264/moyne-in-statewide-council-anti-fracking-push/


What is City Of Greater Geelong Council’s position?

Will they support this motion at the MAV meeting in May? Ask them!

Let’s barage them with emails!

Send an email to councillor@geelongcity.vic.gov.au and tell the Council that you hope they will support Moyne Shire Council and Surf Coast Shire Council in opposing the exploration and extraction of coal seam gas in Victoria.

Forward this message to others who you think would like to ask them too.




Surf Coast Shire unanimously support ‘extreme concern’ motion

While Geelong councillors procrastinate, Surf Coast Shire are out there – unanimously supporting an “extreme concern” about the state government’s plan to start invading and exploiting our region with onshore gas extraction industry:

“The Surf Coast Shire has challenged all major political parties to declare their position on unconventional gas exploration and development before November’s state election.

Councillors at the shire, which has supported a moratorium on the practice (also known as fracking) since 2012, unanimously supported Cr Heather Wellington’s notice of motion at their meeting on Tuesday.
The motion expresses the council’s extreme concern at the potential impact of unconventional gas on the shire’s communities and at the lack of appropriate regulatory framework.

It also calls on all major political parties to widen the moratorium on fracking in Victoria – extended by the state government until July 2015 – to encompass all unconventional gas exploration and development “unless and until there is a clear community mandate to proceed”.”

» Article by James Taylor in Surf Coast Times on 29 August 2014:
Shire turns up pressure on unconventional gas



Surf Coast’s motion to support ban on coal seam gas exploration

On 26 November 2013 the Surf Coast Shire Council met in Torquay and addressed the serious issues of fracking in the region by putting a motion forward to state government in support of a permanent ban on coal seam gas exploration:

“Surf Coast Shire has firmed its support for a ban on coal seam gas exploration on the back of strong public opposition to the practice. The council voted this week to write to the State Government to reaffirm its backing of the moratorium on coal seam gas exploration and to request a comprehensive investigation into the likely effects of the industry.

Premier Denis Napthine announced earlier this month the government would continue to consult the community about fracking — the controversial process of injecting high-pressure fluid into the ground to fracture rocks and release natural gas — and would keep its moratorium in place until mid2015.

Council said it was aware of two current approvals relating to unconventional gas exploration in the shire — Western Victoria Energy Pty Ltd for coal seam gas and the other, Mirboo Ridge Pty Ltd for tight gas.”

Geelong Advertiser – 28 November 2013:
Gas mine fears grow
Surf Coast Shire toughens anti-fracking stance
Article by Andria Cozza


Surf Coast Council’s Notice of Motion:

SurfCoast_Notice-of-Motion_Cr Margot Smith wrote in her proposal for a Notice of Motion to the Surf Coast Council:

“That Council write to the State Premier, the Minister for Energy & Resources, the Member for Polwarth and the Member for South Barwon:

1. Reaffirming Council’s support for the continuation of the current moratorium on coal seam gas exploration and operations; and

2. Requesting a comprehensive investigation into the likely effects of unconventional gas exploration and mining on public health, the environment, agriculture and food security, local communities and tourism.

Rationale
The State Government is currently considering a report on coal seam gas mining in Victoria. The report recommends support for coal seam gas mining, including hydraulic fracturing, proceeding in Victoria.

Council is aware of two current approvals relating to unconventional gas exploration in the Shire – one for coal seam gas held by Western Victoria Energy Pty Ltd and one for tight gas held by Mirboo Ridge Pty Ltd (Lakes Oil).

Unconventional gas mining is a matter of serious concern to communities in the Shire. A community meeting on coal seam gas was held in Moriac on 13 November 2013 and a further community meeting is scheduled for Deans Marsh on 25 November 2013. Both these communities are considering declaring themselves ‘coal seam gas’ free consistent with ‘Lock the Gate’ campaigns conducted in Queensland, New South Wales and Gippsland.

There are significant potential risks from coal seam gas mining, including adverse impacts on key industries like tourism and agriculture, public health and wellbeing implications and environmental implications, including potential contamination of groundwater.

Council previously resolved on 22 August 2012 to call on the Victorian Government to institute a moratorium on all new coal seam gas exploration and operations until there had been a comprehensive investigation into the likely effects of the industry on the environment and local communities. This investigation has still not occurred. It is critical that a comprehensive investigation be conducted and the results shared with the public before the State Government gives any consideration to lifting the current moratorium.

I commend this Notice of Motion to Council.

Councillor Margot Smith”

 

 

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