So what's all the fracking fuss about anyway?
Western Australia has one of the world's largest reserves of gas trapped in rock deep below ground. The problem is, over 100,000 individual fracking wells would be required to extract this gas.
Hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking', is a new onshore gas extraction technique that involves drilling pipes beneath the earth, then pumping vast volumes of chemicals, sand and water at high-pressure to crack them to release the trapped gas.
There are very real and genuine concerns that many in the WA community have about hydraulic fracturing for gas.
The term 'fracking', whether for shale, tight, or coal seam gas (CSG), has become synonymous with land degradation, air pollution, climate change, chronic health problems, social agitation and contaminated and depleted water resources.
Public opposition has been fuelled by a growing awareness of both the scientific case against the industry and of the impacts on communities when the gas companies move in. Though little more than a dozen sites have been fracked so far in WA we’ve already seen serious leaks and other mishaps in the Kimberley, Mid West and South West.
News continues to spread of the appalling impact the industry has had in the eastern states on overseas. As a result a growing number of governments have banned unconventional gas extraction and fracking because of the risks and impacts on public health, the economy and the environment. Western Australian's now have a huge decision to make. Will we allow this industry to tear apart our beautiful country or will we say, "Frack Off!" to this industry and demand a frack free future for Western Australia.
After 12 painstaking months of surveying townsfolk door-to-door, Cape Conservation Group volunteers have established beyond a shred of doubt that Exmouth residents are totally opposed to unconventional onshore gas exploration on the North West Cape.
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This is the petition calling for a statewide ban on fracking and unconventional gas in Western Australia:
"I welcome the Western Australian Government’s pre-election commitment to a statewide moratorium (temporary ban) on fracking and unconventional gas, and the associated community consultation and inquiry that will determine whether this industry has any future in WA.
I am committed to the protection of our water sources, food, health, livelihoods and precious places and I do not believe that gas fracking can be done anywhere in WA without compromising these values.
Therefore, I call on the inquiry and state government to implement a permanent, legislated ban on fracking and unconventional gas activities across WA and to instead focus on the development of renewable energy resources the State’s energy needs."
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Through the Frack Free Future alliance, we work closely with farmers and local communities to prevent unconventional gas and fracking from threatening their homes and livelihoods, and contaminating our State’s water supply with dangerous chemicals.
This is why we were horrified to discover that despite being opposed to it, many Western Australians have been inadvertently supporting the unconventional gas industry - as Alinta Energy customers.
Alinta Energy supplies 84% of WA’s homes with piped gas , but what Alinta are not telling their customers is that they have already signed a gas supply contract with fracking company AWE, and our gas bills are helping to support plans for WA’s first industrial scale gas fracking operation in the Irwin area.
But with so much offshore gas in WA, there’s no need to risk the consequences of unconventional gas.
It is unacceptable for Alinta Energy to bankroll the unconventional gas and fracking industry to get a foothold in WA. It isn’t wanted by farmers, it isn’t needed by consumers, and it threatens our safe water supply which we all depend on.
Unconventional gas hurts our farmers and risks our future - tell Alinta Energy to back out of fracking for good. For more information please read Briefing 3 'Why Alinta Energy must stop supporting unconventional gas and fracking in the Mid West'
Petition to Alinta Energy
To: Chief Executive Officer, Alinta Energy Locked Bag 55 Perth, WA, BC 6849
We are concerned about your gas purchasing arrangement with AWE - a gas fracking company in the Midwest.
AWE's gas fracking plans risk groundwater, farmland and the environment and these plans are strongly opposed by the local community. We seek commitments that you will not support or purchase gas from gas fracking in WA.