The Politics. In the lead-up to the 2017 WA election the Australian Labor Party made a number of commitments to control unconventional gas activities. These included: A public inquiry to examine environment, health, agriculture, heritage and community impacts (including full analysis of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions) prior to any fracking activity (including future exploration). A moratorium on the use of fracking until such an Inquiry can demonstrate that process will not compromise the environment, groundwater, public health or contribute adversely to climate change. A permanent ban on fracking in the South West, Peel region and Perth metro area.
The Frack Free Future campaign congratulated premier-elect Mark McGowan (apricot tie) on WA Labor’s landslide election victory, highlighting the important role public concern over fracking and unconventional gas played in the vote, and warning of the need to honour the party’s commitment to a statewide fracking moratorium.
However, recent statements made by our new Mines and Petroleum Minister, Bill Johnston (red tie) have fed the growing uncertainty around the legislation of the bans and moratorium in WA.
In addition to this, Scott Morrison (blue tie), New South Wales MP, Treasurer and a senior member of Prime Minister Turnbull's Cabinet and Expenditure Review Committee has recently been in WA, encouraging the use of resources available to the State of Western Australia. He threatens to cut states’ GST share if they oppose fracking. Lock the Gate has accused the Coaliation of blackmail into accepting controversial gas extraction industry.
Thousands of people around Australia are banding together and declaring their communities ‘gasfield free’ refusing to support this obnoxious industry. It’s time WA focussed on the development of renewable energy resources the State’s energy needs and joined the global movement for a #FrackFreeFuture
If you support a permanent, legislated ban on fracking and unconventional gas activities statewide there are a number of ways you can help.