CWA pushes for on­shore gas min­ing ban

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times New -

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.

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