Greens energy spokesperson Ellen Sandell says the Victorian Government's decision to delay a decision about onshore gas drilling is a cop-out.
"Communities and farmers have already shown deep and widespread opposition to the toxic onshore gas industry," Ellen Sandell said.
"It's disappointing that the Government is delaying its decision. This is a cop-out. It leaves communities with more uncertainty, and gives the industry more time to influence the government.
"Why is Labor giving this toxic industry a lifeline? We know communities don't want this so there's no reason to delay," she said.