The Tasmanian government will ban fracking for a further five years, to extend its existing one year moratorium introduced in March 2014.
The Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff said he considered 155 submissions in favour and against fracking.
But took the decision to introduce a five year ban in order to “protect Tasmania’s reputation for producing fresh, premium and safe produce”.
“There is considerable concern around the potential negative impacts of fracking, particularly within our rural communities and farming families who rely so heavily on our global reputation for producing premium and safe products,” he added.
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