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

99.4% of residents in Chittering say Yes to going Gasfield Free

99.4% of residents in Chittering say Yes to going Gasfield Free; Local Politicians Urged to Act The community of Chittering declared itself Gasfield Free at a celebration event yesterday (Sunday December 4), after an extensive process found 99.4% of residents surveyed wanted to make the declaration. Continue reading

Whicher Range landholders celebrate cancellation of southern gas exploration permit

 NOVEMBER 14, 2016: Local landholders are celebrating after a gas exploration lease south of the environmentally sensitive Whicher Range, east of Margaret River, was cancelled last week. Mariah de Cerquiera from the Whicher Range Action Group said the decision was a small victory for the local campaign to save the area from being turned into an industrialized gasfield but said the main worry was the gas exploration permit that remained over the area. Continue reading

Concern remains over gasfield risk to Swan Valley

Public meetings will be held in Ellenbrook, Midland, Mahogany Creek and Guilford next week to discuss ongoing concerns at plans for gasfields in the Swan Valley. The meetings organised by local residents from the The Vines, Swan Valley and surrounding areas, will discuss a gas exploration license covering a large part of the Swan Valley. Continue reading

Brunswick goes Gasfield Free this Sunday

OCTOBER 4, 2016: The community of Brunswick Junction will declare itself Gasfield Free at a special event on Sunday November 6 in Channel Park, beginning at 11.30am. 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