Corangamite Shire leaves door open to unconventional gas

Corangamite Shire mayor Chris O’Connor. Picture: Rob GunstoneCORANGAMITE Shire is leaving the door open to unconventional gas extraction within its boundaries.
Nanjing Night Net

In a submission to a state parliamentary inquiry, the council re-affirmed its support of amoratoriumon fracking, but said itdoesnotsupport a ban on exploration for unconventional gas.

Fracking isthe controversialmethod of pumping a fluid consisting of water, sand and selected chemicals under high pressure into rock containing unconventionalshale, tight or coal seamgas.

“Given the importance of our agricultural industry, a precautionary approach is supported, particularly given community concern about fracking and its potential environmental and ground water impacts,” the submission said.

Mayor Chris O’Connor saidthe councilwas happy to support the moratorium until “the science was in”.

“We have been told there could be significant reserves of tight and shale gas in the south-west,” hesaid.

“We want to be able to explore what that resource is.It’s very hard to have an opinion and make a finalised view when you have no idea what you have.

“By no means are we giving a green light tounconventional gas extraction –but we need to know what we have.”

The shirealsocalled for the ban on onshore conventional gas exploration and extraction to be lifted.

Cr O’Connor said onshore conventional gas had been “tied up” in the unconventional gas debate.

“It’swhat they are already doing off shore,” Cr O’Connor said.

“We are allowing drilling offshore, but have banned it onshore.

“It really doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

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