Commenting on Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest’s plans to explore for gas in vast areas of the Kimberley, Frack Free Future Campaign Coordinator Jules Kirby warned of fierce resistance he’ll meet both from Kimberley communities and across WA.
“Twiggy Forrest’s stake of a claim for gas exploration over 220,000 hectares of the Kimberley is a land grab of breathtaking arrogance – his companies have no social licence and will be met with fierce resistance locally and across WA.
“Local communities – including 96% of the Yawuru people – and people across WA have repeatedly opposed any further industrialisation of the Kimberley by gas companies.
“Mr Forrest’s plans will inevitably involve fracking and other dangerous and accident-prone unconventional gas activities - Buru Energy’s fracking site near Broome is already notorious for its leaking well, overflowing toxic fluid pond, and two year long blockade by Traditional Owner Micklo Corpus.
“If Twiggy Forrest wants to invest in WA’s energy future there are plenty of wind, wave and solar industry opportunities for him. With excess supply and falling demand causing a global gas glut, and appalling climate impact of onshore gas increasingly clear, investing in fracking the Kimberley can only lose him dollars, credibility and respect in Western Australia.”