New National Mapping: 50 Million Hectares of Western Australia with Coal and Gas Titles or Applications

New national mapping of mining tenements across Australia released today reveals that vast areas of Western Australia are at risk, with 50 million hectares of its land mass covered by coal and gas titles and applications.

The mapping was released today as part of the launch of Lock the Gate Alliance’s national campaign – Water4Life – which is putting the impact of coal and unconventional gas mining on water at the centre of the organisation’s Federal election push.

The mapping shows that 37.3% of the Australian continent is covered by coal and gas titles and applications – an area 13 times the size of Great Britain.

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Mid West Farmers Call on Nationals to Stand Up for Veto

Farmers from across the Mid West are calling on the National Party to support their right of veto over oil and gas exploration after Nationals MP Shane Love came out in support of the veto campaign. 

Lock the Gate WA coordinator Boudicca Cerese said Mr Love’s recent comments to The Countryman that farmers should have the right to veto was an indication of the strength of feeling in his electorate for the protection of land, water and health

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Councillors told gas company won't tolerate locked gates

The rights of farmers and other landholders across the Southwest look likely to be disregarded by a company seeking to access land between Bunbury & Busselton.

Carly Stone, spokesperson for the online residential group "Gas Free Southwest WA" said the company had briefed local councils recently, and councillors had reported that the company indicated it would not tolerate landholders refusing access to their properties.
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Mid West Farmers take their fracking concerns to State Parliament

A delegation of farmers from the Mid West will be knocking on the doors of MPs in state parliament today demanding the right to protect their own land and water from fracking.

The farmers from Irwin and Dandaragan have sought urgent talks with National, Liberal, Labor and Greens MPs. They want the right to veto access to their land so they can keep the fracking companies out.

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Primary school kids targeted in pro-fracking propaganda campaign

The Lock the Gate Alliance has slammed an “educational supplement” distributed to primary schools across WA today as blatant propaganda for the fracking industry.
The Ed supplement published in today’s West Australian newspaper and used widely in schools makes misleading claims about fracking including that it is safe in WA.
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WA Govt shows cavalier attitude to fracking with watering down of already weak recommendations

MARCH 17, 2106: The Lock the Gate Alliance has labeled the state government’s response to a parliamentary inquiry into fracking in WA as “an attempt to water down already inadequate and weak recommendations.”

Western Australian coordinator for Lock the Gate Boudicca Cerese said the government had only given its full support to half of the 12 recommendations of the inquiry.

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Massive payout in US fracking company water contamination case a sobering reminder for WA's Mid West

MARCH 11, 2016: The Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance says a US federal court order for a fracking company to pay $US4.5M to two couples for contaminating their drinking water is a sobering reminder of the dangers fracking poses to water and health.

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Fears for Mid West groundwater after reports of gas company polluting aquifer in Qld

A company currently involved in gas exploration and testing in WA’s Mid West has been caught out covering up oil pollution of groundwater aquifers in Queensland.

Executives at Origin, a company which owns a half share of the Waitsia gas field and is active in exploring other mid west gas prospects, were made aware of the oil contamination of the aquifer as early as May 2014, documents obtained by The Australian newspaper show.

Spokesperson for the Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance Jo Franklin said the cover-up should sound alarm bells across the nation.

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WA communities say AGL withdrawal in NSW should herald pullout of WA frackers

FEBRUARY 5, 2016: Communities across the Mid West and Gascoyne regions of WA have welcomed moves by gas giant AGL to pull out of unconventional gas mining in NSW and Queensland.

Spokesperson for the Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance Jo Franklin said the decision was a fillip for communities fighting coal seam gas, tight gas and shale gas mining and exploration across the nation.

“Here in the Mid West and Gascoyne we are celebrating this decision. It shows that the economics of unconventional gas mining are not as sweet as investors have been led to believe,” Ms Franklin said.

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REGIONAL WA DEMANDS THE RIGHT TO SAY ‘NO’ TO MINING

NOVEMBER 30, 2015: Farmers and landholders across the Mid West and Gascoyne regions of WA are calling on Federal Energy      Minister Josh Frydenberg and state ministers to give them the right to say ‘no’ to mining at the next meeting of the COAG Energy Council on Friday December 4.

Minister Frydenberg said he'd put mining and land access on the agenda at the meeting.

Spokesperson for the Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance Jo Franklin said it is vital this meeting delivers tangible action and gives farmers, landholders and Traditional Owners the power to refuse mining companies access.

“Right now farmers and landholders in the Mid West, Gascoyne, Kimberley and South West are fighting for the right to say no to gas fracking on their land and in their communities and the government isn’t listening,” Ms. Franklin said.

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