CWA pushes for onshore gas mining ban
The Country Women’s Association of WA has joined the South West’s anti-gasfield campaign and has committed to lobbying the State Government for a legislative ban on unconventional onshore gas mining.
Capel CWA put the motion forward at the organisation’s State conference in Fremantle on Wednesday, echoing the stance of CWA’s NSW chapter.
The motion sets a directive for the organisation, which will now request the Government to establish legislation to “ban unconventional onshore gas mining and exploration processes to access gas trapped in tight sand and shale in Western Australia”.
In a statement, Capel CWA president Toni Steinbrenner said the group was concerned by the potential risks to groundwater brought by unconventional gas mining.
“Country women across WA have spoken out loudly against this unnecessary industry and the risks it poses to our water, our health, our agricultural industries and our regional communities,” Mrs Steinbrenner said.
“The CWA has a strong history of working to protect communi- ties, and in particular women and children, from threats to their health and wellbeing.
“Fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction is one of the greatest threats we currently face.”
Gasfield Free South West Alliance, Lock The Gate and Gasfield Free Whicher Range welcomed the announcement, which follow Times reports Labor’s fracking ban will not be enforced by legislation. While anti-gasfield campaigns call for an end to all unconventional gas mining, Labor maintains the ban will only cover fracking.