PUSH FOR END TO FRACK­ING

Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

I AGREE with ear­lier opin­ions shared by Dawn Jecks and Mary Ann Rath that if we value our wa­ter, our land, our health, our en­vi­ron­ment, our tourism in­dus­try, then we have to keep the pres­sure on La­bor to bring this prac­tice of frack­ing to an end.

If our State Govern­ment has the same val­ues, they must im­ple­ment a per­ma­nent, leg­is­lated ban on frack­ing and un­con­ven­tional gas ac­tiv­i­ties statewide.

Re­cently the Turn­bull Govern­ment has de­cided to ‘of­fer a car­rot of en­tice­ment’ to Premier Mark McGowan. If WA ex­tracts gas by un­con­ven­tional min­ing meth­ods, we will re­ceive the prize of more of our GST por­tion of the Fed­eral pie.

A pie we in WA con­trib­ute the most to.

This is a form of black­mail, which I find to­tally un­prin­ci­pled. Worse still, it pro­motes the lie that there is a short­age of gas and there­fore we must con­cede to this pres­sure that will lead to more dam­age by frack­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

My thoughts are that the cur­rent min­ing ex­plo­ration leases al­ready granted need to be re­voked and laws changed to give veto rights back to tra­di­tional land own­ers, so they can con­tinue to be cus­to­di­ans of the land.

The veto rights would en­able them to say ‘no’ to this dev­as­tat­ing de­struc­tion, from this un­wanted un­con­ven­tional gas and frack­ing in­dus­try.

There will be a com­mu­nity lo­cal action group on Mon­day, Au­gust 28 at 5.30pm at the City of Rock­ing­ham Cen­tral Li­brary, Dixon Road. LINDA RAY, Waikiki

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