Greens want frack­ing ban

Pilbara News - - State Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Greens’ Pil­bara and North West Cen­tral can­di­dates are pur­su­ing a ban on frack­ing to pre­vent what they claim is a de­struc­tive in­dus­try gain­ing a foothold in the re­gion.

Pil­bara Greens can­di­date Brent McKenna and his North West Cen­tral coun­ter­part Carol Green will ad­vo­cate for a ban on the con­tro­ver­sial in­dus­try which is yet to en­ter the Pil­bara and Gas­coyne re­gion on a large scale.

Mr McKenna said the State Gov­ern­ment should not give in to the temp­ta­tion of rais­ing money by leas­ing land for frack­ing.

“Even if frack­ing isn’t lo­cal we con­sider it to be a Statewide is­sue and we would like to see the end of this ter­ri­ble ac­tiv­ity,” he said.

“It is bad for wa­ter sup­ply, it is bad for the air we breathe.

“We want to see the Gov­ern­ment recog­nise that leas­ing land for frack­ing is not a way to raise funds.”

An Aus­tralian Petroleum Pro­duc­tion and Ex­plo­ration As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman said “scare cam­paigns” cre­ated un­war­ranted un­cer­tainty about the in­dus­try.

“Ev­ery rep­utable study con­firms that, prop­erly reg­u­lated, our in­dus­try is safe,” he said. “The in­dus­try is work­ing with pas­toral­ists, tra­di­tional own­ers and the wider com­mu­nity to ad­dress gen­uine ques­tions and con­cerns.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.