Rally to Declare Victoria Gasfield Free

CGFV_Square.jpgWith the state inquiry into unconventional gas coming to a close we need to make our message clearer than ever before, that unconventional gas will never be welcome in Victoria.

Join the over 60 communities that have already declared themselves for a rally that has been over 3 years in the making!

We can't wait to see you midday on Sunday 20th September at the State Library to declare our state Gasfield Free!

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Communities heartened by Auditor General's warning of potential "damaging legacy" over unconventional gas mining

Uncon_gas_inquiry.jpgmedia release August 19, 2015

Friends of the Earth

Communities across Gippsland and Western Victoria are relieved and heartened that today's Victorian Auditor General's report has warned the government that well recognised risks may make unconventional gas mining unsuitable for Victoria because of it's dense population, scarce water resources, and high reliance on agriculture.

The report, called Unconventional Gas: Managing Risks and Impacts, released this morning, outlines that "substantial national and international studies have comprehensively identified the potential and known risks that unconventional gas poses to the environment and the community ... Environmental and social values are integral to this conversation if we are to avoid a damaging legacy in years to come."

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The next stage in our community campaign

kitchen_table_conversations.jpgAfter almost five years of working to build the campaign against new coal and gas and in support of renewable energy in regional Victoria, we are pleased to announce a new stage in our efforts to protect the environment.

Starting from August we will be getting active in new areas and regions.

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Garden Sprays and Water Pollution

monarch.jpgFriends of the Earth has called for people to reconsider their use of pesticides in their gardens, due to offsite impacts of such spraying. Friends of the Earth is also calling for restrictions on the herbicide Simazine.

Friends of the Earth spokesperson Anthony Amis said, “In recent years a number of pesticides have been detected in urban waterways. It is likely that a proportion of this pollution is coming from domestic use of pesticides in gardens and around the home.

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Our best chance to stop unconventional gas drilling in Victoria

front_page_of_card.jpgToday, Avant Card has started to distribute thousands of cards around Victoria urging people to support a permanent ban on unconventional gas drilling.

With a state government Inquiry into this industry currently underway, this is the best chance we will ever have to stop this destructive industry before it gets established in our state.

The Committee is due to release it's interim report on September 1.

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Fracking the Planet with the TPP

FRACKING_TPP_image_for_POST.pngAs Trade Ministers meet in Hawaii to continue the secret negotiations of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), Friends of the Earth Melbourne’s Economic Justice Collective have released a paper titled Fracking the Planet: How the Trans Pacific Partnership will expand fracking in Australia and around the globe’This paper explains the implications of the Investment State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Chapter of the TPP, and explores the ways in which foreign corporations could use this clause to override the Australian law and environmental regulations to continue fracking the planet.

 

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unconventional gas industry has no social license

Uncon_gas_inquiry.jpgunconventional gas industry has no social license

Friends of the Earth media release. July 22, 2015

New polling commissioned by The Greens highlights the strong opposition to the unconventional gas industry in metropolitan areas.

Community resistance to this industry is enormous across regional Victoria” said Friends of the Earth co-ordinator Cam Walker. “More than 60 communities have already declared themselves coal and/or gasfield free.”

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