South East fracking ban must be legislated

The Greens have introduced a Bill into State Parliament to ensure that the promised 10 year gas fracking moratorium in the South East, will be made law.

“Before the State election, the Liberal Party promised a moratorium but now they’re squibbing on that promise”, said Mark Parnell MLC.

“It’s not good enough to simply issue a directive to public servants, they need to back up their commitment with legislation so that it sticks and will survive for the promised 10 years.

“There will be two more State elections in the next 10 years and unless this fracking ban is legislated, any new government could reverse it in an instant.  If it is legislated, only the Parliament can overturn the moratorium.

"What’s at stake here is the livelihood and quality of life of thousands of South East residents who rely on a clean unpolluted environment.  Residents of the South East have consistently voiced their opposition to the gas industry and fracking in particular.  The industry does not have a social licence to operate.  The same conclusion was also reached by the Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee after an inquiry that was set up by the Greens.

“I know residents of the South East won’t be convinced by weasel-words and will demand that the new Liberal Government take their commitment to a fracking moratorium seriously. 

“The Greens stand with the people of the South East as we have ever since the threat of fracking raised the spectre of polluted groundwater, degraded landscapes, dangerous air pollution and fugitive emissions.

To ensure the broadest possible political support, the Greens Bill is limited to fracking, confined to the seven Local Councils in the South East region (Mt Gambier, Grant, Kingston, Naracoorte Lucindale, Robe, Tatiara & Wattle Range) and imposes a 10 year moratorium dating from election day, March 17th 2018.

“This is exactly what the Liberals promised – no more, no less”, concluded Mr Parnell.