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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.   Continue reading

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.” Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading