Fracking Decision December 2018

WA Fracking Decision   

1. It’s fundamentally unfair

If fracking is not safe in the south-west and Perth, then it’s not safe anywhere.

This approach divides Western Australia and creates two classes of people – those in the south and the Dampier Peninsula who are protected from fracking and those in the Mid West and Kimberley who are not.  Labor have banned it totally in Victoria, while in WA they have banned it only in small, entirely arbitrary locations.

2. It leaves vast areas available for fracking

If we take the government’s word for it and this decision opens up 2% of WA for fracking, that amounts to more than 5 million hectares of land, an area almost the size of Tasmania.

But there is potential for even more gas leases to be released in the future.  There is nothing in the announcement to prevent gas companies applying for new releases.  In fact, the Inquiry report specifically refers to a process to enable new gas acreage releases.

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Fact sheets, maps and films

Learn more about the impacts of shale and tight gas on WA by reading our facts sheets below, which can also be downloaded as pdfs to print.

Download and print our colour pamphlet about Fracking in Western Australia (3.8mb pdf).  

Here is the text of the leaflet with annotated references. This doubles as a black and white print-at-home info sheet about Fracking in WA.

Find out where petroleum exploration licenses have been granted, and what areas are under application, on this interactive map that is based on WA Government information.

You’ll find some useful films and other video material and photos on our Photos & Videos page and other interesting content on the Lock the Gate Alliance Youtube Channel, as well as our Frack Free WA facebook page.

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Gas Industry Mythbuster

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Myth: “We’ve been fracking for years….”

The risks of fracking are often downplayed by the gas industry and the WA Government with the rhetoric that ‘hydraulic stimulation has been used in the oil and gas industry in Western Australia for the past 50 years’ and that hundreds of wells have been fractured in WA without ‘observed or reportable adverse consequences’. When the Department of Mines and Petroleum say they’ve been fracking for years without consequence, they are deliberately misleading local communities by obscuring the fact that fracking techniques, and the associated risks, have changed over time. 

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Shale & Tight Gas Fact Sheet

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What is the difference between conventional and unconventional gas?

The difference between conventional and unconventional gas is the geology of the reservoirs from which they are extracted and which therefore require different extraction techniques to obtain commercial quantities of gas. Conventional gas is usually found in relatively large permeable rock reservoirs. In a conventional gas deposit, once drilled, the gas can usually be extracted relatively easily via vertical wells. Conventional gas has been extracted in Australia for many decades.

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Quick facts on fracking and unconventional gas extraction

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What is fracking?

Fracking is a mining process used to extract gas deposits from shale and tight sands rock formations deep underground. Fracking involves pumping large volumes of water, chemicals and sand into a gas well under extreme pressure to force the rock to fracture and release trapped gas.

Shale and tight gasfields also require the industrialisation of entire landscapes with hundreds or even thousands of gas wells, plus vast networks of roads and pipelines, compressor stations, processing plants, wastewater holding dams and treatment plants.  

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