The Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s decision to scrap its proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point due to the damaging impact it would have on the environment.
The Greens say the proposal was a terrible idea from the start and that today’s announcement follows years of campaigning by both the Greens and the local community.
Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell, was the first MP to speak out against the proposal back in 2018 when she joined the community in demanding that the project be scrapped.
The community wanted the government to protect the local environment and marine life over the profits of gas corporations like AGL.
Ms Sandell said that today’s decision was an important start, and that now the government needed to plan for a transition away from fossil fuels, instead of importing and burning more.
As stated by Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens, Ellen Sandell MP:
“This is a huge win for the local community, the Greens and all Victorians who campaigned long and hard against this disastrous gas import ship and pipeline.
“After being dragged kicking and screaming into doing an environmental assessment process, we’re very glad that the Victorian Government has eventually made the right decision.
“It was ridiculous the Victorian Labor Government ever thought it was a good idea to import fracked gas into Victoria, through a sensitive RAMSAR wetland, and I’m so glad they’ve finally seen sense and changed course.
“Gas is terrible for our climate, so this is a win for all those who want to see our climate protected for the future.”