Lack of legislation a fracking concern
Although the Labor Party has advised a fracking ban is in place across the South West, no information is available as to how it will be enforced.
Labor promised to protect the South West and risks breaching this promise because the only way to protect the South West is to legislate.
Legislation will force gas companies to provide evidence they are not fracking and that these projects are financially viable and not dependent on taxpayers’ dollars — something they are not currently bound to do.
Residents demand water protection and are loudly speaking out against gas fields in the South West, therefore Labor has been given a clear mandate by residents.
We don’t want the South West industrialised and we don’t want gas fields.
Yet, since the fracking ban, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (formerly the Department of Mines and Petroleum) has approved an additional work variation permit at Whicher and Labor has acknowledged the ban does not include unconventional gas exploration.
Unconventional gas exploration requires fracking.
Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association should be concerned because the constant changes around the classification of “fracking” and the misleading information being offered leaves South West industries vulnerable without legislation.
A change in Government could see the current fracking ban removed without any community consultation.
One Nation and the Greens are both offering to support anti-fracking legislation, therefore Labor can no longer rely on the argument there is not enough political support to get legislation through Parliament.
The Federal Government could start pressuring the WA Government to open up the South West to resource mining and is trying to blackmail us with GST allocation.
I urge all South West residents to contact your local MP and demand that Labor act and draft legislation that will protect the South West for good.