New South West WA alliance to tackle gas mining & exploration in the region

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2017: More than a dozen community groups from across South West WA have formed a new alliance aimed at fighting the onshore gas industry. The Gasfield Free South West Alliance (GFSWA) brings together grassroots community groups from Harvey in the north to the Whicher Range in the south. Continue reading

Quedjinup to become the first community in the Busselton Shire to declare itself Gasfield Free

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2017: The community of Quedjinup will become the first in the Shire of Busselton to declare itself Gasfield Free at a special event in Dunsborough on Sunday February 26, as the issue hots up in the lead-up to the election on March 11. The declaration follows months of work that involved volunteers going house-to-house, road-by-road asking residents if they would like to declare the area Gasfield Free. Continue reading

TV ad campaign aims to protect WA from fracking & other forms of unconventional gas

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10, 2017: The Lock the Gate Alliance has launched an advertising campaign on regional television for the state election. The 30-second ads will air throughout February and give voice to communities across regional WA battling a major push by the unconventional gas industry to gain a foothold in the state’s farmland, important water resources, culturally significant areas and national parks. Continue reading

Dandaragan declared Gasfield Free in WA’s Mid West

Media Release Monday 6 February Dandaragan in WA’s Mid West celebrated it’s gasfield free status on Friday, after an extensive door-to-door survey of Dandaragan residents found 96.4% of 418 residents surveyed wanted their region to remain gasfield free. Continue reading

Call for regulatory review after whistleblower claims WA Mid West gas incident covered up

JANUARY 25, 2017: Lock the Gate Alliance has called for an urgent review of the way the onshore gas industry is regulated in WA following a claim filed in the federal court alleging the cover-up of a major incident at a gas well in WA’s mid west. The allegations made by a lawyer and former senior compliance manager at gas giant Origin Energy concern an alleged 2013 incident at the Beharra Springs gas well south of Dongara, a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, says. Continue reading

Community sighs with relief as gas permit over Brunswick cut

JANUARY 16, 2017: The communities of Brunswick, Burekup, Australind and Eaton have been given at least a temporary reprieve following a decision by gas miners Empire Oil and Pilot Energy to give up part of a gas lease over the south west. The gas companies have opted to dump the southern portion of gas exploration lease EP 416 covering the farming communities.  Continue reading

Mid West community Dandaragan declares itself Gasfield Free

Another community in Mid West WA has declared itself gasfield free, after an extensive door-to-door survey of Dandaragan residents found 96.4% wanted to keep their region gasfield free. Continue reading

Local communities welcome Shires of Chittering and Mundaring motions against fracking & unconventional gas mining

Landholders and concerned residents have welcomed a decision by the Shire of Chittering and Shire of Mundaring to express significant concern about fracking or any other form of unconventional gas development within their boundaries. Continue reading

Local community welcomes Shire of Chittering's concern about fracking & unconventional gas mining

Media Release - Friday December 16, 2016 Landholders and concerned residents have welcomed a decision by the Shire of Chittering to raise concerns about fracking or any other form of unconventional gas development within its boundaries. Continue reading

US EPA Reveals Unconventional Gas Industry Can Contaminate Water Supplies

Media Release - 14 December 2016 The US Environmental Protection Agency has overnight reversed its guidance and acknowledged unconventional gas mining can and has contaminated drinking water, a revelation set to create waves in the local industry[1], according to the Lock the Gate Alliance. Continue reading