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Farmer joy on
FARMERS have applauded a
State Government decision
last week to impose a five-year
moratorium on hydraulic frac-
The fracking moratorium,
to be backed by amendments
to the Mineral Resources De-
velopment Act, follows a tem-
porary moratorium and review
initiated by the Liberal Gov-
ernment when it came to
power almost a year ago.
Tasmanian Farmers and
Graziers Association director
Greg Bradfield said the mora-
torium was consistent with
TFGA’s position that more re-
search into fracking was need-
ed to determine its long-term
effects, especially for farmland.
“This is a sound, prudent
decision. Why would you do
anything to imperil one of our
key economic pillars at a time
when it has everything going
for it?” Mr Bradfield said.
“Five years is very sensible.
The review should not only
examine the science of frack-
ing, the legacy issues, but also
the legal consequences of min-
ing on private land.”
Primary Industries Minister
Jeremy Rockliff said the Gov-
ernment had applied a pre-
“It is clear that there is con-
siderable concern for landown-
ers’ rights and public and
environmental health,’’ he said.
However, Greens leader
Kim Booth and members of
anti-fracking group Frack Free
Tas were unhappy over the
Government’s decision to not
permanently ban the practice.
Mr Booth said Tasmanians
wanted long-term certainty
over the issue.
Opposition Leader Bryan
Green said the moratorium
was a “political tactic to push
the issue of fracking beyond
the next election”.
Resources Minister Paul
Harriss said the Government
continued to support oil and
“Exploration will allow us to
better understand whether
Tasmania has an economically
viable resource, and its poten-
tial impacts,’’ he said.
Terry Kallis, executive di-
rector of Petragas, which has
been engaged in oil and gas ex-
ploration in Tasmania, told the
ABC that his company would
now consider leaving the state.
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