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Australian state Victoria maintains ban on fracking

The eastern Australian state of Victoria will maintain a ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at least until 2015

Victorian premier, Denis Napthine, has chosen to ignore advice from the Gas Market Review Taskforce advising the government to push onshore gas development to help stem rising gas prices. The taskforce recommended an immediate end to the state's 18 month-old moratorium on coal-bed methane (CBM) exploration and that the state lift its ban on fracking, a technique essential to the unconventional industry's progress. Nathine, whose government faces an election next November, said more time was needed to ensure developing onshore gas was safe for water resources. The premier said the government would consult on the taskforce's findings, ban certain chemicals from use in fracking and ask GeoSc

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