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Beach Energy production approval a disaster for climate and marine ecosystems

No More Gas campaign, Friends of the Earth Melbourne 2 mins read
No More Gas campaign coordinator Freja Leonard

Friends of the Earth Melbourne has today slammed the Victorian Government decision to approve production of gas from near the Twelve Apostles off the Otway coast.

Touted as necessary to avoid gas shortfalls by 2028, the project is expected to produce ten petajoules of climate polluting fossil gas each year for fifteen years.

Quotes attributable to No More Gas campaigner Freja Leonard:

“The International Energy Agency and climate scientists the world over have for years been warning that we can’t afford a single new fossil fuel project if we are to have any chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change.”

“Methane is around eighty times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide over a twenty year period. The coming years are critical if we are to ensure a liveable planet.”

“Victoria is the heaviest domestic gas using state in Australia. We use about a third of the gas burned nationally in this state alone – and half of that is blown on heating buildings which we know can be done more efficiently and affordably using electric heating.”

“Australia signed on to the Global Methane Pledge at COP 26 – committing to reduce Australia’s methane emissions by 30% from 2020 levels by 2030. Yet ever since then we have seen more and more gas projects gaining approval.”

“There is no excuse or need for another gas project in this country, despite everything the gas industry is desperately trying to tell us. They have had it all their way for too long at the expense of the climate and the Australian economy.”


Key Facts:

Friends of the Earth Melbourne are appalled at the approval of a fossil gas production licence for Beach Energy just kilometres from the Twelve Apostles National Park.

Any further gas production will radically accelerate us towards an unliveable climate and prevent Australia meeting our commitments under the Global Methane Pledge.

Projected gas shortfalls in Victoria can be avoided by switching all gas heating to electric in the next three years.


About us:

Friends of the Earth is a social and environmental justice not for profit with over 50 years' experience advocating for people and planet.

The No More Gas campaign has a proud history of successfully advocating for gas reduction strategies across Victoria, offering practical policy solutions to Victoria's gas problem.


Contact details:

Freja Leonard - 0400 611 896

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