While the State Government is spending $2 million of our taxes on looking for coal seam gas in southwest Gippsland, it would be nice if they were a bit more up front about it.
Instead of rattling on about understanding geology and hydrogeology, why can’t they come straight out and tell the truth?
Anyone with enough geology background to distinguish the difference between sand and clay would realise that the recently completed seismic survey was focussed directly on finding coal seam gas.
CSG exploration at a time when we have a moratorium on fracking in Victoria is at best inconsistent, if not outright hypocritical.
Exploitation of CSG resource is currently one of the most profitable and fastest growing industries in Australia, and there is no justification for spending our $2 million on exploration work that the miners can easily afford.
The Andrews Government probably doesn’t even know that its own Economic Development department is overseeing the exploration, and the local Liberal MP has been stonily silent on the issue.
People concerned about wasting public money on the exploitation of fossil fuels should contact their MPs to insist that our taxes are directed towards more sensible energy choices.
Roger Epworth, Grantville.