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Food and fibre production in WA now under threat from fracking

The McGowan Government has condemned some of Western Australia’s best farmland and significant cultural regions to being fracked, with today’s lifting of the fracking moratorium for existing petroleum titles.

Huge swathes of the extremely productive WA Wheatbelt and Mid West regions, and key sensitive areas and wetlands across the Kimberley, can now be fracked, according to the mapping released by the government.

A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in Western Australia, Jarrad Thomas, said the McGowan Government had failed the people of WA with this decision.

“Fracking poses an unacceptable risk to groundwater, the production of food and fibre, and WA’s unique environment,” he said.

“The McGowan Government hasn't finished writing the codes of practice, or implemented the WA Fracking Inquiry's recommendations. Nor has it done the community consultation it promised.”

Mr Thomas said the lifting of the moratorium had created two classes of citizens - those whose homes and land could be sacrificed to fracking companies, and those who were protected.

“No one and nowhere should be put in a sacrifice zone for fracking,” he said.

“This announcement means the government has given the green light for greedy gas companies to frack more than 5 million hectares of land in Western Australia - that's an area nearly the size of Tasmania.

“We also remain concerned that this announcement is a Trojan Horse to open more of the state to fracking - official bans only cover a very small section of the state.

“Instead of learning from Victorian Labor, which was swept to a massive electoral victory after promising to enshrine its fracking ban in the state’s constitution, WA Labor has chosen to take the state down this risky road.

“But the community resistance to fracking is growing as local people work together to defend their land and water. 

“Lock the Gate Alliance condemns this decision in the strongest terms possible, and vows to continue to work alongside communities in the fight against unconventional gasfields in WA.”

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  • Clive T Proud
    commented 2019-10-23 17:51:07 +1100
    Ask yourself a simple question: how much money have you ever received as a direct or indirect result of mining in WA? Where did the money from the so called "mining boom " actually go? West Australians are paying more for everything , particularly electricity, than ever before. A record number of working West Aussies have had their power disconnected because they choose to eat over paying their power bill. Mining companies are not paying our bills and their activities don’t seem to have made us regular citizens any better off. So how will Fracking benefit us? Even if it was going to makes us richer, would the very real possibility of contaminating our water supplies be worth the risk? if you grow plants for your livelihood you simply can not risk contaminating your ground water. Everything depends on clean water, without it we can not grow food. it really is as simple as that. There is no acceptable percentage of risk here. Fracking will serve no one. West Australians will most likely not see one cent of profit from fracking and those in the areas that are “fracked up” will be left with contaminated water and not one of the mining companies will come back and clean it up . And anyway it will be too late even if they had the will to do so. It must stop now .
  • Mark Conway
    commented 2019-10-01 00:00:02 +1000
    When it comes to Fracking and the WA Labour gov, not being in Solidarity with its Victorian colleges , shows, the Labour party to have no firm uniformity in National policy’s. It not OK to contaminate aquifers that are used for domestic, farming and horticulture. . We are not sub-human idiots. We have a constitutional right to have water resources protected from know activities that cause irreversible aquifer damage and land degradation. It’s not Rocket Science, just plain Fair Dinkumn Common Sense. Wake up Australia.