30 Aug '16, 2pm

Victoria Becomes First Australian State to Ban Fracking via @EcoWatch

The state of Victoria in Australia has voted to ban fracking on its territory, further cementing the moratorium first put in place in 2012. It is the first Australian state to impose such a ban. Australia's indigenous flag is raised in protest to fracking on aboriginal land. Damian Kelly Photography Premier Daniel Andrews announced Tuesday. "It is clear that the Victorian community has spoken," the premier's office said in a statement. "They simply don't support fracking. The government's decision is based on the best available evidence and acknowledges that the risks involved outweigh any potential benefits to Australia." The Victoria government had conducted a parliamentary inquiry into fracking for onshore gas in the state and received more than 1,600 submissions. Most of these were opposed to fracking. The newly imposed ban will help protect agricultural industries and...

Full article: http://www.ecowatch.com/victoria-bans-fracking-1991994701...

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