PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull will not intervene in gas mining expansion in the Limestone Coast, arguing it was a "political" matter for the State Government.
This is despite saying hydraulic fracturing gas mining - also known as fracking - should not be forced onto regions where there was no social licence.
Speaking at a packed community "meet and greet" at Jens Hotel on Monday night, Mr Turnbull responded to a question from activists against gas mining.
His arrival came ahead of tomorrow's Beach Energy information session in Mount Gambier, which was expected to attract dozens of protesters.
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