Vic coal seam gas future still under cloud

Melbourne [AAP]

Coal seam gas remains in limbo in Victoria after a state parliamentary committee charged with its future could not agree on what should happen next.

The committee, chaired by Liberal MP David Davis, considered two proposals: a ban on the unconventional gas industry in Victoria or a five-year extension of an industry moratorium.

But it did not reach a majority decision, with the government likely to maintain the moratorium at least until it responds to the report within the next six months.

The 15 recommendations from the report, released on Tuesday, included urging the government to explore the potential impacts on health and the environment before any CSG industry gets the go-ahead.

Handing down his report, Mr Davis slammed the government for what he termed its lack of scientific and administrative support for the inquiry.

Greens energy spokeswoman Ellen Sandell has called on Premier Daniel Andrews to listen to the community and scientific evidence and ban CSG permanently.

Energy and Resources Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the government’s response would consider all economic, social and environmental impacts on Victorians.

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