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Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

THE GASFIELD Free Swan Val­ley group will host an in­for­ma­tion night next week for res­i­dents in Brigadoon and Baskerville to warn of the dan­gers they be­lieve the un­con­ven­tional gas in­dus­try could have on their land.

Group spokes­woman Si­mone van Hat­tem said de­spite the State Gov­ern­ment promis­ing to ban frack­ing in the Swan Val­ley, there was still a large area cov­ered by a gas ex­plo­ration lease.

She said the event would in­clude in­for­ma­tion and a dis­cus­sion on the cur­rent frack­ing and un­con­ven­tional gas in­dus­try in WA.

“The frack­ing ban only pre­vents hy­draulic frac­tur­ing and not ex­plo­ration for un­con­ven­tional gas nor the use of the other ex­per­i­men­tal meth­ods to get gas out of the ground,” she said.

“While the leases re­main ac­tive, the threat of invasive gas fields de­vel­op­ing in the re­gion re­mains.”

Ms van Hat­tem said the in­for­ma­tion night would in­clude a short film.

“Fol­low­ing a short film, there will be a brief out­line of the lo­cal sit­u­a­tion and what other com­mu­ni­ties have done to stop their re­gions from be­com­ing an in­dus­tri­alised gas field,” she said.

The in­for­ma­tion night will be held on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 18 at the State Eques­trian Cen­tre in Brigadoon from 6.45pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 0421 389 013.

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