Exploration for gas
Bunbury Energy has secured a permit to explore gas reservoirs across five South West local government areas.
The gas fields have been labelled “conventional” and the most effective extraction methods are expected to be identified during exploration.
In line with Labor’s unlegislated fracking ban, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety petroleum executive director Jeff Haworth said no fracking would be permitted. But antigasfield campaigners are uneasy and have repeated calls for Labor’s fracking ban to be extended to all unconventional extraction methods.
Bunbury Energy chief executive Wal Muir said the six-year exploration program could start late this summer.
The exploration will take place across the cities of Busselton and Bunbury, and Shires of Capel, Dardanup and Donnybrook-Balingup.