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TASMANIAN GOVERNMENT NOT RULING OUT INQUIRY INTO HYDRO TASMANIA'S CLOUD SEEDING

04-08-2016
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In June, a cloud seeding flight took off in the Derwent Valley, a day before a major flood, with the Tasmanian Government not ruling out an independent inquiry into Hydro Tasmania’s operations.

The technique that us used to increase rainfall, injects additional substances into clouds to encourage crystal growth.

Hydro Tasmania has completed its own report on the incident, released late last week, and claimed that it did not increase to the rain in the catchment.

Now pressure is on the government to commission an independent inquiry into the operations.

The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA), the State Opposition, Central Highlands Mayor Deirdre Flint and independent MLC Ruth Forrest argue their questions have not been answered.

"It's important that we do listen to the community, I understand the angst particularly in rural and regional communities, farmers being impacted by the floods," he said.

Mr Rockliff will be briefed by the TFGA about their cloud seeding concerns.

"I want to get a deeper understanding of the concerns of the constituency that I represent, particularly the farming constituency," he said.

Premier Will Hodgman also left the door open, but stressed it would be on the Government's terms.

"We will always respond to circumstances appropriately, not in a knee-jerk reaction," he said.

"We will consult with all key stakeholders."

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