Ex­plo­ration for gas

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

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.

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