South West Western Australia fracking gasfields threat

by Admin

Fracking in the South West of WA. Hydraulic fracturing to release gas underground by mining companies is not only an Australia wide threat but also around the world.

There are many community action groups getting together to try and protect their local environment from being contaminated by the chemicals used by this practice.

As noted in the Augusta Margaret River Mail (local newspaper) on Wednesday May 24, 2017 South West farmer Martin Campbell is eager to establish a farming focused Lock the Gate style group established in the region which aims to keep out the unconventional gas industry from the regions water catchment areas, forest and farmland.

Mr Campbell believes there is an imminent threat to the Whicher Range in the area due to a current governmental permit being in place. The range is also know as the Whicher Scarp. The area includes the Swan Coastal Plain to the West and the South, the Darling Scarp to the North and the Blackwood Plateau to the East, the range is approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) South of Busselton.

It should also be noted that with the recently elected new WA government - Premier Mark McGowan) coming into power they have stated that they are working towards their election promise of banning the practice of fracking in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan areas. They acknowledge that it is the will of the majority of people in the area and they are working towards this goal.

The newspaper article also draws peoples attention to a film entitled 'A Fractured State' that looks at how West Australian families / farmers locked their gates to prevent gas mining and exploration companies from entering their land.

For more information and contact details about Western Australian community support groups against fracking refer to details below;

Contact : Lisa Chatwin spokesperson for Gas Field Free South West.

Martin Campbell local Margaret River farmer desiring to setup a action group in the area.

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