Tightly-knit groups fighting fracking


Knitting Nannas Janette Huston, Sam Low, Pam Knox and Lynda Willis (seated) are protest against fracking.   Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d455387
Knitting Nannas Janette Huston, Sam Low, Pam Knox and Lynda Willis (seated) are protest against fracking. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d455387

KNITTING Nannas against Fracking hit the highway on Thursday morning to advertise the action they plan to take against the shale gas industry.

Knitting Nannas spokeswoman Janette Huston said that the Water4Life National Highway Action started on the Great Northern Highway along with other community protest groups including Frack Free Future and Lock the Gate, who all want the same outcomes.

Ms Huston said Knitting Nannas against Fracking were concerned that vast areas across the Kimberley and the mid-west including Carnarvon were being subjected to fracking exploration licences which had been issued over groundwater aquifers.

“The Yarragadee north and south aquifers supply Perth and the south-west with drinking water,’ she said.

Ms Huston said the group would be on the Great Northern and Great Eastern Highways on Saturday June 25, from 1pm-2pm.

“While drilling has only commenced in a small number of places, fracking represents a major risk to the quality of our drinking water, as well as sustainable industries like farming and tourism,” she said.

“The shale gas being targeted in WA sits below the water table, meaning fracking companies have to drill and pump chemicals at extreme pressure through our precious aquifers to access the gas.

“This poses an unacceptable risk to our drinking water.”

Ms Huston said Frack Free Future was an alliance of communities and organisations around WA campaigning together to stop fracking in the state.

“We believe in a sustainable future in which our water, food, people and precious places are pro- tected from the harmful effects of fracking,” Ms Huston said.

“It’s time we moved beyond the damaging boom-bust cycles of the resources industry.”

“From the country to the city, people from all walks of life are calling on leaders and decision-makers in Parliament, in business and in the community to support and work with us towards a Frack Free Future for Western Australia.”

Ms Huston invited anyone concerned about fracking to join the group on Saturday.