Victoria to reopen onshore gas industry

The Victorian government has unleashed a storm of controversy over gas as a fuel source as it advised it would scrap its moratorium on onshore conventional gas from mid-2021, opening up the possibility for new supplies that could offset declines from the Bass Strait.

The Australian Financial Review is reporting that while manufacturers seized on the move as offering hope for more secure and competitive gas supplies, green groups blasted it as putting land and water resources at risk and undermining state targets on climate change. 

Any onshore gas produced would be prioritised for the domestic market, Premier Daniel Andrews said. The decision, described by federal resources minister Keith Pitt as "overdue", came after the state's three-year investigation that found it would not damage agriculture and the environment.

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