Call for frack­ing con­cerns to be aired across WA

Pilbara News - - Pilbara | News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Com­mu­ni­ties are be­ing urged to voice their con­cerns about frack­ing by Greens Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Robin Chap­ple.

Mr Chap­ple’s call fol­lows com­ments from Mines and Pe­tro­leum Min­is­ter Bill John­ston telling the in­dus­try it needed a so­cial li­cence to op­er­ate. Mr John­ston said the op­po­nents of on­shore oil and gas ex­trac­tion were not telling the whole story.

“We won’t al­low frack­ing to take place in WA un­til we’ve con­ducted that broad-rang­ing in­quiry,” he said.

“Stake­hold­ers have got­ten their op­por­tu­nity to have their say and can see it has been done in an open and trans­par­ent way.” Mr Chap­ple said the in­dus­try had no so­cial li­cence in WA. “La­bor have . . . a clear man­date to end frack­ing, and they should be do­ing so Statewide, not just in the Perth, Peel and the South West,” he said.

“The Kim­ber­ley is an in­cred­i­ble place and th­ese val­ues should be taken into ac­count just as the agri­cul­tural val­ues of those re­gions in­cluded in the ban are used as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. There is sig­nif­i­cant agri­cul­tural and tourism value in our Mid West and Gas­coyne that’s been over­looked, de­spite many com­mu­ni­ties op­pos­ing any form of the prac­tice.”

La­bor has stopped hy­draulic frac­tur­ing in the South West, Peel and Perth. It is on hold in the rest of WA un­til a gov­ern­ment in­quiry is com­plete.

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