Contribution to debate (Second Reading)

I rise today to make a contribution to the debate on the Resources Legislation Amendment (Fracking Ban) Bill 2016. Well, sweet baby Jesus and the poor orphans — even the title of this amendment bill is misleading. The Andrews government would have you believe this is just a feel-good bill about banning onshore coal seam gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing.

Simply put, in Victoria it is pointless to frack in mud for coal seam gas. Geologically speaking, if Victoria has any commercial quantities of coal seam gas whatsoever, then it mostly sits in the closest thing to peat, which is lignite — brown coal. Natural resources 101 for the dummies in this place — the followers, the fake leaders, the green Kool-Aid sippers...


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