Take Action: Stop fracking project in the Kimberley

Texan fracking company Black Mountain (Bennett Resources is their subsidiary) is proposing to drill and frack 20 wells, up to 1000 fracks, in the Fitzroy River Catchment in the Kimberley.

Tell the EPA today why you object to this project, and that you want it assessed as a Public Environmental Review (PER). Make sure to Click 'Submit' on the final page after clicking continue.

Let's make sure at least 1000 people are saying no to 1000 fracks in the Kimberley!

This is only just the start. The companies exploring in the Kimberley liken the amount of gas there to areas of the US where tens of thousands of wells have been fracked. It starts with a few, and quickly expands. Companies are lobbying hard to be able to export this gas.

You have a chance to help stop this dangerous project, by making sure it receives a high amount of scrutiny. The EPA has given the public only days to comment on what level of assessment this fracking project should have. Submissions close in less than a week, at midnight on 27 January.

Please make your quick objection to the EPA here.

Fill the short form, then

  • At 5: Tick 'Assess - Public environmental review'.
  • At 6: Write one line about why you are concerned, or write more (see below).
  • Click 'Continue'. Then click 'Submit' on the next page.

You can add your own thoughts (can be as brief as two words), but here are also some key points you can also use:

  • Each of the 20 wells will be drilled horizontally up to 3km, then hydraulically fractured up to 50 times EACH, at high pressure with a mixture of chemicals, sand and water. So there could be 1000 fracking operations, just for this stage of the project. 
  • There will be 200,000kg to 10,000,000kg of proppant used PER FRACK.
  • Radioactive water is known to come up as wastewater after fracking operations, as seen at two of the wells previously fracked in this same area in 2015.
  • Water storage and contamination with the use of open ponds is a high risk, as ponds could flood in cyclone season.
  • The company has been meeting with the EPA since April 2020. There is a high level of public interest and it’s important community members get the chance to be involved in a Public Environmental Review.
  • If the company's last proposal for 6 fracking wells was knocked back in December to complete 2 years of baseline testing, then why can they submit this larger plan just a month later?
  • Implementation of recommendations from the Scientific Inquiry have not been completed, as promised by the McGowan Government.
  • The code of practice and right of veto for both Traditional Owners and private landholders has not been completed and is not due to be completed before mid this year, at the earliest.

Fracking should be banned, but the WA Government has yet to do that in large swathes of WA including the Kimberley, Wheatbelt and Mid West.

Please click through to the EPA form now to make your quick objection.

For more ways to help stop fracking across WA:

📝 Sign our petition: www.frackfreewa.org.au/petition
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