Country Women in WA say No to fracking and unconventional gasfields

Media Release

26 July 2017

Country Women in WA say No to fracking and unconventional gasfields

The Country Women’s Association of WA has today called for an end to fracking and unconventional gasfields in WA.

The call came in the form of a motion put to the organisation’s state conference in Fremantle this morning from the Capel branch and follows a similar ban on any future unconventional gas exploration passed by the NSW branch of the CWA in May this year.

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“Relaxed” Stance on ‘Fracking For GST’ Deal Needs Clarification from Premier

Rod-Annette.pngDongara farmer Rod Copeland has asked Premier McGowan to clarify his stance on any deals on fracking in GST discussions, after Treasurer Ben Wyatt said he was “relaxed” about Scott Morrison’s threat to cut GST to states unless they accept unconventional gas exploration.

“I’m calling on the Premier to clarify his position, and rule out a link between GST and unconventional gasfields, instead of leaving communities like mine in limbo as we face the risks to our water, land and health from this invasive industry,” said Mr Copeland.

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Highway protests call for water protection from fracking threat

sw-water4life.jpgMore than 30 actions are planned across WA for Saturday July 8 to protest at the State Government’s lack of action in protecting water resources from the unconventional gas industry.

 

The actions will involve groups of people taking to the highways with banners and signs in a colourful display of concern, with communities from the Kimberley to the South West calling for action to protect our precious water resources from contamination by fracking and other forms of unconventional gas extraction.

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Premier urged to rule out any dubious ‘fracking for GST’ deal

Lock the Gate Alliance has asked Premier McGowan to rule out any deals on fracking in GST discussions, after Treasurer Scott Morrison threatened to cut GST to states unless they accept unconventional gas exploration.

“We’re calling on the Premier to reject the disgraceful attempt by Scott Morrison to force fracking on unwilling states and territories in return for GST revenue – which should instead be distributed on a fair and objective basis,” said Simone van Hattem from Lock the Gate Alliance.

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Alarm as Government releases 5yr plan to open more land to fracking despite promised moratorium

 FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017:  Landholders across WA have expressed alarm at plans by the WA Government to offer thousands of kilometres of additional land to the gas industry for exploration despite an election promise for a moratorium on fracking and a thorough inquiry into the industry. 

The Government yesterday released maps showing new areas that it would offer up to the oil and gas industry for exploration and mining over the next five years.

 

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Academic paper concludes 58 new gas wells needed for the Whicher Range Gasfield

 TUESDAY JUNE 20, 2017: A new academic paper on the tight gas reserves of the Whicher Range east of Margaret River suggests that the best way to get the problematic gas out of the ground is via a proliferation of wells.

The paper presented to the Society of Petroleum Engineers at a conference in Saudi Arabia in April this year was put together by a team of academics including three from Curtin University.

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Call for new WA Premier to implement promise for a moratorium on fracking

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017: Lock the Gate Alliance has congratulated Labor Leader Mark McGowan on winning the State election and has called for him to implement his promise for a statewide moratorium on fracking and permanent fracking bans in key regions as soon as possible.

In the lead-up to the election, Mr McGowan committed to permanently ban fracking from the South West, Peel and Perth regions and promised to introduce a state-wide ban on fracking until an independent inquiry could demonstrate it was safe.

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Margaret River Wineries Join the Call to Lock the Gate to Unconventional Gas on the Eve of the Election

 FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2017: More than a dozen of Margaret Rivers’ top wineries have weighed into the fracking and onshore gas debate in the south west signing a pledge not to support the unconventional gas industry.

The move comes just one day before WA goes to the polls and is a sign of how fracking and unconventional gas development has become a major election issue.

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Nannas knit up a storm and a Gasfield Free gift for the WA Premier

 FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2017: The Knitting Nannas Against Gas will today (Friday March 10) attempt to present WA Premier Colin Barnett with a special gift from the people of the South West.

The gift is a photograph taken by a drone of 300 south west residents who came together on February 26 to spell out a special Gasfield Free WA message for Mr Barnett.

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Fracking scorecard shows political parties’ real colours

THURSDAY MARCH 9, 2017: With just days to the WA state poll, Lock the Gate Alliance has released an updated scorecard detailing where the political parties stand on fracking and on shore gasfields.

Lock the Gate and local communities have asked all political parties to support a state-wide moratorium on unconventional gas, permanent protection in key areas and the right for landholders and Traditional Owners to say no.

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