Urgent Action: Strike's Natta Seismic expansion
Strike Energy is working on a 20+ year Gasfield development called Greater Erregulla, in the Irwin/Mingenew/Three Springs area of WA's Mid West. They have not told the communities in the area how many wells it will drill in total, and how far out they will expand in future. And now they're also lobbying the McGowan Government to be able to export gas from this area(screenshot from news above). How about farmland, not gasland?!
They've submitted multiple parts of their plan to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), but new plans keep popping up. Where will it end?
The latest plan before the EPA is a new exploration project, the Natta 3D seismic survey that involves thumper trucks over farmland and bushland, over an area of 15,854 hectares (see map below).
Tell the EPA today if and why you object to this project.
Tick the box that you want them to Assess as a Public Environmental Review (PER), together with all of Strike's plans in the area.
Make sure to click 'Submit' on the final page after clicking continue.
We can’t leave this up to a private assessment between the EPA and the gas corporation! Deadline: this Thursday 9 September, at midnight!
Have your say by following this link to the easy EPA Consultation form.Read more
Take Action: Strike's 20+ year Gasfield plan
Strike Energy is proposing a 20+ year Gasfield development called West Erregulla. They have not ruled out fracking in future, or told the EPA how many wells it will drill in total.
WA’s Environmental Protection Authority(EPA) is asking for your comments on whether to assess this Gasfield proposal near Mingenew, Three Springs and Irwin in the Mid West, which is Yamatji country. We can’t leave this up to a private assessment between the EPA and this controversial gas corporation! Deadline to make a comment: this Tuesday night, 7 September!
Strike Energy is developing a 20+ year production gasfield in exploration leases where fracking is not banned by the McGowan Government. This region is known to have tight sands gas reserves, which would require fracking to access. So while Strike may not currently have a plan to frack, nothing rules that out in the future.
Even without fracking, this project will have a massive impact, in an area where there are multiple expanding gasfields and exploration.
Just this project before the EPA includes: drilling of two new gas wells, pipelines from four existing wells and the two new ones to a new upstream facility that is the first stage of processing the gas, and then transferring that gas to the West Erregulla Gas Processing Plant commissioned by Strike (also being assessed by the EPA separately!). Another 11 future wells are visible on a diagram in Strike's documents(see below), but not mentioned. We also know they have a big plan for seismic exploration adjoining this area, the Natta Rd Seismic, that goes over farmland. What else are they not telling us about?
UPDATE: the EPA has also now (Fri 3 Sept) invited comments to another of Strike's plan in the same area but bigger and spreading into adjacent farmland, a seismic survey over 15,800 ha of farmland. What else will come in the future, next week, or next year or in 5 or 10 years? Fracking could still be on the cards then.
Impacts will include air pollution, emissions, risks to underground and surface water from chemical spills and chemicals, water usage, waste water ponds and waste management, noise, light, and impacts to wildflowers and animals including Black Cockatoos from the clearing of 38 ha of native vegetation. More below.
Let the EPA know - we don’t want the Mid West full of industrial gasfields, let alone fracking gasfields!
Have your say by following this link to the EPA Consultation site.
Will you urge the EPA to publicly assess this proposal, so locals and concerned people can get the full information about the company’s future plans?
Fill out the easy form in less than 5 mins before the deadline, midnight on Tuesday 7 September 2021.Read more
Take Action: Stop Strike's Seismic plan
Did you know a gas company plans to clear hundreds of hectares of farmland and native bush so it can conduct seismic tests in WA's Mid West?
Tell the EPA today why you object to this project, and that you want them to Assess as a Public Environmental Review (PER). Make sure to click 'Submit' on the final page after clicking continue.
WA’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is asking for your comments on whether to assess the 28,000 hectare ‘Ocean Hill’ seismic survey by Strike Energy.
The impacted area where Strike want to explore for gas covers many farms and extremely biodiverse and rare wildflower country near Eneabba in the Mid West.
We can’t leave this up to a private assessment between the EPA and the gas corporation! Deadline: this Thursday 19 August, at midnight!Read more
Strike's Gas Processing Plant and Pipeline
Your chance to comment! West Erregulla Gas Processing Plant and Pipeline
The EPA (Environmental Protection Authority) are seeking public feedback on plans for a gas production project in the Mid West, adjacent to farmland between Dongara, Mingenew and Three Springs.
Comments must be lodged by Thursday night, 10 June 2021.
You can do that online here: https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/seven-day-comment-on-referrals/erregulla-plant-pipeline/consultation/intro/
Make sure you tick Assess - Public Environmental Review on the form.
What is being proposed?
The project constitutes a significant expansion of onshore gasfields in WA, alongside the nearby Waitsia Gas Plant in the Mid West south east of Geraldton. This gas processing plant, which will be classified as a Major Hazard Facility, will process gas from new wells that Strike Energy and Warrego Energy are developing in the surrounding area, and transport the gas to the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP). Fracking is not banned in the petroleum exploration lease covering and surrounding this project.
If it all goes ahead, the proponent ‘AGI Operations’, says it will run for at least 60 years. This means expanding gas wells for that time, with a very high likelihood of having to frack to get at the unconventional gas in the area once the conventional gas dries up.
The gas plant will use groundwater from the Yarragadee Aquifer, use hazardous materials, and create air pollution.
The proposal includes a gas processing facility , a 16.5 km interconnecting buried gas pipeline, and supporting infrastructure for the pipeline, power generation, flare system (burning off of gas), incinerator, fire water system, water treatment package, and back-up diesel system in an area of 213 ha.
The EPA is asking the public IF they should assess it, and at which level. The highest level of assessment is a Public Environmental Review, which would ensure the assessment isn’t just a private affair between the gas industry and the EPA, and community members and independent organisations can also review the project.
Here are some things you might want to raise in your comment about why you want a PER.
Make sure you tick Assess - Public Environmental Review on the form. Then click Continue, and then Submit on the next page.
- It will take millions if not billions of litres of groundwater from the Yarragadee Aquifer, which is a water resource relied upon by rural and urban communities across the Mid West, the Wheatbelt and even Perth. The company has stated it will drain at least 438,000,000 litres from one bore, but also mentions additional water from ‘other sources’, so the total amount is completely unknown and could be much much higher. There is also a risk of water contamination. We can’t afford to risk this crucial resource.
- The company has not submitted anything regarding air quality to the EPA. An air quality assessment must include health-damaging fine particulate pollution with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less (known as PM2.5). With a gas processing plant (that will operate as a Major Hazard Facility) and supporting infrastructure, including the well sites with their infrastructure (cumulative impacts) there will be significant PM2.5 emissions. An Operations Environment Plan must be assessed by the EPA.
- Social surroundings (ie neighbouring farms and communities) will be impacted by noise, vibration, dust and light due to a large increase in truck and other vehicles and the construction and operation of the gas plant and pipeline. There is also an increased fire risk. These impacts must be assessed.
- There is no modelling of the likely substantial escape of fugitive methane emissions , which in Australia are underestimated compared to actual figures from US gasfields. This project will lead to large deliberate and fugitive emissions of methane, adding to climate change. Gas is not needed or useful as a source of energy: we have the technology we need to replace gas with renewable energy sources.
- Gas plants and gasfields are harmful to health.
- It will clear close to 100 hectares of native bushland, fragmenting this very biodiverse landscape, home to unique and threatened birds and mammals.
Add a little about where you live and why you care about this area to personalise it!
Click continue, then Submit on the second page to complete your comment.
See all the Supporting Documentation that the company has submitted so far on the EPA website here, under 1. Referral (click on it to see).
Sept 2020: Protect our Iconic Natural Heritage Places
There is a public comment period open until 31 January 2020, to have a say on natural heritage places that need to be protected from fracking.
Protect our farmlands and other iconic areas: More info here
Protect important ecological areas in the Kimberley: More info here
See the Government's consultation paper with a map of the small areas proposed as natural heritage(pdf).
See the WA Government's fracking consultation website in order to make your own direct submission (you can do this as well as the form submissions).
May 2020: Waitsia stage 2: make a comment to the EPA
Make a comment/submission: Waitsia Gas Project
The EPA is seeking public feedback on Mitsui/AWE Perth Pty Ltd’s plans for the Waitsia Gas Project. The project is for the production of the Waitsia gasfield through 6 new gas wells, a new gas processing plant, waste water reinjection and flowlines/pipelines amongst farmland just 16km from Dongara-Port Denison townsites in WA’s Mid West. We’ve made a short guide to help you make a submission.
Comments must be lodged by Thursday 7 May 2020.Read more
JULY 2020: Snap action for the Kimberley
Join us this Friday, for a socially distanced snap action in Perth to tell Premier McGowan to stop this multinational company from fracking the Kimberley!
Last week, Texan fracking company Black Mountain blatantly announced plans to drill 6 new wells and frack in the Kimberley, near the Fitzroy River.
This project could lead to thousands of fracking wells across the Kimberley region.Read more
Don't Frack WA - Democracy in the Pub
Monday 8 April
6pm-7.30pm East Victoria Park
Don't Frack WA - Democracy in the Pub
Read more and RSVP here on our website, and share/rsvp on facebook here.
February 2019 Perth events
Tuesday 12 February
11.30am-1pm. Parliament House Perth: Meet at the Parliament steps on the city side.
Dirty Dozen Anti-Fracking Stunt
Join us for a stunt at Parliament House Perth for the first sitting day of state parliament to send a strong anti-fracking message to our MPs. We have had just 12 fracking wells drilled since 2004 and in the past five years alone we have had 21 serious spills at those sites. Already we have had a fracking company go belly-up in the Kimberley leaving tax payers to foot the bill for the clean-up.
We need at least 12 people to join us for some street theatre. BYO mops, buckets, brooms and cleaning cloths as we clean up the fracking mess on front of parliament. We will have a fracking well and black plastic liner. We will also have white Hazchem suits and dust masks.
If you are going to be part of the stunt please come early by 11.15.
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/241838160030894/
Wednesday 13 February
6.45 to 8.30pm - Replants, 96 Wray Avenue, Fremantle
Fracking Information Night & film night
Join us to find out what the McGowan Government's decision to allow fracking in WA means and how you can help protect our precious state from the fracking industry.
Come along and meet members of the Fremantle based Gasfield Free Metro Action Group and see if you would like to help the fight to protect land, water, health and climate stability in WA by taking part in the group or upcoming events or simply learn more about the issue.
We need to build the movement and need people with almost any skill you can think of. If you are committed to a Frack Free WA we need you.
Whether you are already part of a Frack Free/Gasfield Free group, or are getting involved for the first time, come along.
Refreshments included. Entry by donation, to help cover costs, if you can.
RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/971594579696390/
Sunday 17 February
9am to 4pm Hazelmere Hall, Bushmead Rd, Hazelmere (near Midland)
Frack Free campaign skill share
Read more and RSVP here on our website, and share/rsvp on facebook here.
Don't Frack WA actions
On Tuesday the WA Government lifted the fracking moratorium and paved the way for fracking across more than 5 million hectares of our state.
It is an appalling decision that we will fight with everything we’ve got. There’s no balance here – they’ve basically given the gas industry carte blanche across most existing gas leases.
Can you join us for snap actions THIS SUNDAY to push back against this disastrous move:
Sunday 2 December
Perth 10am City Beach, north end of carpark on the grass.
Badgingarra 1pm Badgingarra Oval area.
Geraldton 4pm north end of foreshore near Jaffle Shack.
Broome 5pm Cable Beach near Zanders.
The only regions that will be protected from fracking are the South West, Perth and the Dampier Peninsula. That’s great for those regions, but if fracking is unsafe there, it’s unsafe everywhere.
The government said on Tuesday that farmers and Traditional Owners will have veto rights, but we’ve since learnt there’ll be NO VETO on exploratory fracking and it won’t apply to pastoral leaseholders at all.
So, we need to push back hard and fast, and we need you there with us. Please come along THIS SUNDAY and show them that we simply won’t stand for this.
There’s been massive condemnation of this decision from all quarters - from the union movement to farmers to Kimberley Traditional Owners.
The Premier has attempted to paint this as a balanced decision, but you only need to read the gas industry response to see that they take this as a massive greenlight for fracking.
If we push back hard and fast we can put a big dent in this disastrous decision.
Let’s make it clear the only outcome the community will accept is a state-wide ban on fracking.
We need your help to ramp up efforts to stand against the frackers. Please add what you can into the WA fighting fund.