Urgent Action: Strike's Natta Seismic expansion
Strike Energy is working on a 20+ year Gasfield development called Greater Erregulla, in the Irwin/Mingenew/Three Springs area of WA's Mid West. They have not told the communities in the area how many wells it will drill in total, and how far out they will expand in future. And now they're also lobbying the McGowan Government to be able to export gas from this area(screenshot from news above). How about farmland, not gasland?!
They've submitted multiple parts of their plan to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), but new plans keep popping up. Where will it end?
The latest plan before the EPA is a new exploration project, the Natta 3D seismic survey that involves thumper trucks over farmland and bushland, over an area of 15,854 hectares (see map below).
Tell the EPA today if and why you object to this project.
Tick the box that you want them to Assess as a Public Environmental Review (PER), together with all of Strike's plans in the area.
Make sure to click 'Submit' on the final page after clicking continue.
We can’t leave this up to a private assessment between the EPA and the gas corporation! Deadline: this Thursday 9 September, at midnight!
Have your say by following this link to the easy EPA Consultation form.Read more
Take Action: Strike's 20+ year Gasfield plan
Strike Energy is proposing a 20+ year Gasfield development called West Erregulla. They have not ruled out fracking in future, or told the EPA how many wells it will drill in total.
WA’s Environmental Protection Authority(EPA) is asking for your comments on whether to assess this Gasfield proposal near Mingenew, Three Springs and Irwin in the Mid West, which is Yamatji country. We can’t leave this up to a private assessment between the EPA and this controversial gas corporation! Deadline to make a comment: this Tuesday night, 7 September!
Strike Energy is developing a 20+ year production gasfield in exploration leases where fracking is not banned by the McGowan Government. This region is known to have tight sands gas reserves, which would require fracking to access. So while Strike may not currently have a plan to frack, nothing rules that out in the future.
Even without fracking, this project will have a massive impact, in an area where there are multiple expanding gasfields and exploration.
Just this project before the EPA includes: drilling of two new gas wells, pipelines from four existing wells and the two new ones to a new upstream facility that is the first stage of processing the gas, and then transferring that gas to the West Erregulla Gas Processing Plant commissioned by Strike (also being assessed by the EPA separately!). Another 11 future wells are visible on a diagram in Strike's documents(see below), but not mentioned. We also know they have a big plan for seismic exploration adjoining this area, the Natta Rd Seismic, that goes over farmland. What else are they not telling us about?
UPDATE: the EPA has also now (Fri 3 Sept) invited comments to another of Strike's plan in the same area but bigger and spreading into adjacent farmland, a seismic survey over 15,800 ha of farmland. What else will come in the future, next week, or next year or in 5 or 10 years? Fracking could still be on the cards then.
Impacts will include air pollution, emissions, risks to underground and surface water from chemical spills and chemicals, water usage, waste water ponds and waste management, noise, light, and impacts to wildflowers and animals including Black Cockatoos from the clearing of 38 ha of native vegetation. More below.
Let the EPA know - we don’t want the Mid West full of industrial gasfields, let alone fracking gasfields!
Have your say by following this link to the EPA Consultation site.
Will you urge the EPA to publicly assess this proposal, so locals and concerned people can get the full information about the company’s future plans?
Fill out the easy form in less than 5 mins before the deadline, midnight on Tuesday 7 September 2021.Read more
June 19, 2020: New seismic surveys threaten Aboriginal Heritage and important ecology
Planned seismic surveys that will search for gas north of Perth threaten Aboriginal Heritage sites, important ecological communities, and tourism, according to Lock the Gate Alliance Western Australia.
Following a successful campaign that led to Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority agreeing to hold a public review in response to Beach Energy’s plan to conduct a seismic survey in the Mid West, Lock the Gate WA is now calling on the EPA to do the same for Mineral Resources’ “Raven” proposal.Read more
15-19 Nov: Swan/Hills Public Meetings
Public meetings for local residents will be held around the Swan Valley in the week starting 14 November, to discuss the implications of a gas exploration licence over a large part of the Swan Valley. All community members are welcome to attend these free events, which will include a short film, discussion of the local issue, and Q&A.
Events are organised by local action groups: Gate Vines, Midland Gatekeepers, Gasfield Free Perth Hills, and Frack Free Guildford-Caversham.
ELLENBROOK/THE VINES MEETING: Tuesday 15 November, 7pm, Ellenbrook District Open space, Maffina Parade, Ellenbrook
MIDLAND MEETING: Wednesday 16 November, 6.45pm, Ace Cinemas, Midland Gate, 274 Gt Eastern Hwy, Midland
PERTH HILLS/MAHOGANY CREEK MEETING: Thursday 17 November, 7pm, Mahogany Creek Hall, 325 Jacoby St, Mahogany Creek
GUILDFORD/CAVERSHAM MEETING: Friday 18 November, 7pm, Guildford Town Hall, 188 James St, GuildfordRead more