Victorian Government’s gas ban a risk to customers and environment

The decision to ban onshore gas exploration and development in Victoria creates risks for energy customers, the environment and the economy, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) said today.

ENA Chief Executive Officer, John Bradley, said that natural gas was vital for enabling Victoria’s transition to a cleaner energy future.

“Imposing a state wide ban on gas exploration and production will undermine the role natural gas can play in supporting a cleaner, affordable energy system,” Mr Bradley said.

“At a time when gas distribution networks are cutting costs, the government is making a decision to restrict supply that could lead to cost increases for families and business.”