Gate wide open

SPRAWLING MINING SITE: The $15m Beach Energy conventional gas exploration site south of Penola. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO

A PROMINENT regional environmentalist has renewed a warning the State Government’s looming release of new exploration blocks will open the floodgates to a gas mining juggernaut.

This comes as drilling at Beach Energy’s $15m Haselgrove-3 conventional well is now under way and the deadline for bids for the 2017 Otway onshore acreage release closes this Friday.

In a move to ramp up gas production in the South East, the State Government has mooted opening


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