The Natural Resources Committee has released its final report into develepment of an unconventional gas industry in the South East of SA (around Mt Gambier).
From the government Media Release: media-release-nrc-fracking-report-tabled-291116-1
â€œAfter review of all evidence and additional research, the committee has reached the positon that social licence does not yet exist for the development of an unconventional gas industry in the South East,â€ said Ms Steph Key (ALP member for Ashford). â€œThis has been made starkly apparent by widespread opposition from the local community and it is the overarching finding of the inquiry.â€
â€œThis is not to say unconventional gas exploration and development should never occur in the region, but that in the committeeâ€™s view, obtaining social licence is a necessary precondition to such development occurring,â€ Ms Key said.
â€œThroughout the inquiry, all evidence the committee heard, both for and against unconventional gas development, has been in the context of myriad external forces including climate change considerations, production and export price, export demand, technological advances, renewable energy growth, and very notably, public opinion,â€ said Ms Key.
A link to the full report is found in the media release.