Parliamentary inquiry recommendations for fracking in WA mostly window dressing

NOVEMBER 17, 2015: The Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance has warned that the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry into fracking in WA were little more than window dressing for an unsafe and unwanted industry.

Spokesperson for the FFMWGA Jo Franklin said the long awaited inquiry findings were disappointing.

“Despite some positive steps the report still fails to properly address the fundamental concerns of landholders in relation to land access, chemical use and water contamination and depletion,” Ms Franklin said.

“Beyond a statutory body ( which has failed to substantially benefit Queensland landholders) landholders need to be given stronger rights to address the power imbalance between companies and farmers, including the right of veto over land access for fracking.

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Call for halt to fracking in WA while the senate investigates health impacts


November 12, 2015:
The Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance has called for an immediate halt on all fracking exploration and mining in WA while a senate inquiry examines the health, social and economic impact of the unconventional gas industry. 

Spokesperson the FFMWGA Irene Ghannage said today’s announcement that the senate would investigate both the coal seam gas and shale mining industries was welcome news and should be the trigger to put the brakes on the industry.

“People in the Mid West, on the frontline of this invasive industry, have been treated as collateral damage in the rush to extract unconventional gas and their concerns have until now been swept under the carpet,” Ms Ghannage said.

 

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Health Department report lists multiple cancer causing chemicals used in fracking in WA

 A new report by the WA Health Department on fracking and public water supplies has identified multiple carcinogenic chemicals used in the fracking process, some of which have no known safe levels of ingestion, the Frack Free Mid West Alliance warned today.

The report obtained by the Alliance, looked only at the risk to human health from fracking contaminating drinking water supplies, and concluded that such a risk “could be managed.”

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New regulatory framework for fracking simply keeps the fox in charge of the hen house

The Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance has warned that a new regulatory framework for shale and tight gas fracking in WA does not go far enough and could become little more than a rubber stamp for fracking.

Coordinator of the Alliance Jo Franklin said while the framework claimed to encourage greater transparency it failed to truly protect the public interest and was little more than a series of MOU’s between different government departments.

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Alternative fracking expo set up by community after shire restricts free speech

Unhappy with restrictions placed on free speech at a shire organized fracking expo in Dongara on Wednesday, local farmers and other concerned residents set up their own community fracking expo in the town.

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Frack Free Alliance applauds Carnamah Shire’s Frack Free stand

 

The Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance has applauded Carnamah Council’s stand against fracking in the shire.

The council has issued a community statement acknowledging that 96.1 per cent of the shire wants to remain gasfield free.

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Landholders celebrate Labor Party’s call for a moratorium on fracking

The Frack Free Mid West Gascoyne Alliance has welcomed today’s decision by the State Labor Party to support a statewide moratorium on fracking.

The decision was made at the party’s state conference in Perth today.

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Elevated levels of methane detected in farmer’s bore next to Drover 1 well

Elevated levels of methane have been detected in water bores adjacent to the Drover 1 fracking well in the Shire of Coorow.

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Alarm as fracking company hits another problem with Mid West Warro well

Just days after starting its controversial fracking program near Badgingarra Transerv Energy has had to report a problem with its Warro 5 fracking well to the Australian Stock Exchange.

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NEWS: Calls for baseline health studies at Badgingarra as company prepares for 4km deep frack

The Frack Free Midwest Gascoyne Alliance is calling for an immediate halt to all plans to frack the Warro gas field near Badgingarra following two earlier failed attempts to frack the field that hit fault lines and aquifers.

Alliance coordinator Jo Franklin said fracking was not safe and was not welcome in the Midwest and Transerv Energy did not have a social licence to operate in the area.

The drilling is expected to start this weekend.

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