Every year, the Government carves out large swathes of our ocean and hands it to gas companies. The coast between Sydney and Newcastle is being developed as on offshore gas field, meanwhile an area only 5km from the 12 Apostles has been approved for gas exploration.
Gas exploration involves seismic testing which impacts marine life such as whales and dolphins. It can kill or badly injure sealife close by – even lobsters, scallops, and tiny zooplankton kilometres away. While leaks further jepordise these invaluable ecosystems.
Gas is a fossil fuel. Extracting, refining and burning gas drives climate change. The expansion of the gas industry in Australia has seen our greenhouse gas emissions rise, not fall.
Australia is the world’s largest exporter of natural gas, shipping out over 70% of the gas we produce. Yet, Australians pay some of the highest prices in the world for household gas.
Investing in gas doesn’t create long-term jobs. Australia instead has the potential to become a leader in renewable energy.