Woodridge & Caraban Declared Gasfield Free!

Determined residents of Woodridge and Caraban sent a defiant message to politicians on Sunday the 8th of March when they officially declared their region Gasfield Free. The two communities are among the latest in a long list of towns, farming localities and shires across WA and the nation who are standing up against invading fracking gasfields. Continue reading

Suspicion cast over huge new proposed gas surveys in WA’s northern Perth Basin

WEDNESDAY, April 2 2020: Geological surveys for gas in the northern Perth Basin are likely a back-door way for the Western Australia Government to facilitate fracking in the region, according to Lock the Gate Alliance. The surveys would cover a massive area of land, stretching about 97,000 hectares across the shires of Irwin, Three Springs, Mingenew, and Carnamah. Up to 1000 hectares of vegetation would also be cleared just for the seismic work. Continue reading

Alarm over groundwater contamination at Beharra Springs

FRIDAY, November 1, 2019: Lock the Gate Alliance has expressed grave concern at company reports showing that an evaporation pond at the Beharra Springs Gas facility, which overlies the Yarragadee Aquifer, has contaminated local groundwater supplies in the Mid-West of WA. The details came to light in an environmental plan for the expansion of the gas facility, which is now owned by Beach Energy. The water contamination event took place as a result of gas activities by Origin Energy. Continue reading

Labor Member for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw calls for a state-wide ban on fracking

Swan Hills Labor MP Jessica Shaw has affirmed her support for a ban on fracking in Western Australia. The pledge was made at a public meeting in Swan Hills last night, organised by local residents. “During the State election, I repeatedly expressed my opposition to fracking. My views haven’t changed. I have grave concerns that it will compromise the environment, ground water, public health and will contribute adversely to climate change. The people of Western Australia should not have to wear the risks”, Ms Shaw told the meeting. Continue reading

Premier called on to explain appointment of APPEA director as strategic adviser

FRIDAY, April 20, 2018: Lock the Gate Alliance has expressed alarm at the appointment of a director of the pro-fracking Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association to a senior position as a strategic adviser on WA Premier Mark McGowan’s staff. The appointment comes amid growing public concern over the risks of fracking to land, water and health and as the government prepares to decide whether to give fracking the green light.   Continue reading

SW Oil & Gas industry leader’s fracking comments alarm local landholders

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018: Comments by mining company contractor and Yallingup winery owner Steve Tobin that the current fracking bans were “holding back” conventional onshore gas development has alarmed local landholders in the South West. A spokesperson for the Gasfield Free SW Alliance Carly Stone said the comments showed how promises that conventional gas development would be less risky, by not involving fracking, rang hallow. Continue reading

Call for WA Fracking Inquiry to release a draft report for public comment

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2018: The Lock the Gate Alliance is urging the WA Fracking Inquiry to release an interim report of its findings that will be open to public comment prior to the publication of its final report later this year. Lock the Gate will meet with the inquiry panel this morning to put the case for the interim report and call for greater transparency and public input into the panel’s recommendations.   Continue reading

Community celebrates as CalEnergy shuts down its gas wells east of Margaret River

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018: The Gasfield Free South West   Alliance has called for the cancellation of a gas lease covering the Whicher Range East of Margaret River following an announcement by the company holding the lease that it couldn’t justify spending any more money on the site and was plugging its gas wells.  Continue reading

Call to make WA Fracking Inquiry more open & transparent as inquiry announces closed meetings

MONDAY January 22, 2018: Lock the Gate Alliance has called out   the  WA Fracking Inquiry’s plan to close its public meetings to the public and allow only a limited number of registered attendees to make short presentations in round table groups led by a single panel member. A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said the inquiry panel had today announced that it would hold just five half-day meetings with the public and would not allow these meetings to be recorded. Continue reading

Call to protect Yalgorup National Park from gasfield development as Government expands park

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018: Peel residents have welcomed the State Government’s plans to expand the Yalgorup National Park but say its value as a conservation area is being compromised by a gas exploration lease covering the area. Local resident and spokesperson for Gasfield Free Peel Barb Brewerton said the government had acknowledged the internationally recognised biodiversity value of the park and surrounding area by agreeing to expand it yet it appeared to have turned a blind eye to the threat of gas mining hanging over the park. Continue reading