The Huffington Post (AU)
By Luke Cooper, Associated Editor
It has been called a 'win for regional Victoria'
The Victorian government passed a bill in parliament on Tuesday that bans all onshore fracking in the state in a move labelled as a "win for regional Victoria".
In a move likely to induce the ire of mining companies, the bill will see Victoria become the first state in Australia to ban onshore unconventional gas exploration and development through methods such as fracking and coal seam gas.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who presented the Bill, took to Twitter to celebrate.
The move comes after years of calls from regional farming communities in the state to ban unconventional gas in light of concerns about the potential environmental impacts it could have.
The decision also marks the extension of the temporary ban on conventional onshore gas exploration and development until the end of June, 2020.
The Victorian government has said it will use this time to continue research, conducted by an expert panel of scientists, into the potential risks of fracking on the environment.
"We will now use the moratorium on conventional gas exploration to better understand its potential risks and benefits and we'll listen to the experts," Noonan said.
In response, Victorians took to social media to express their satisfaction with the ban….
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