Midland and Guildford residents invited to public meetings to discuss fracking in Swan Valley

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PUBLIC meetings will be held in Midland and Guilford tonight and Friday to discuss ongoing concerns at plans for gas fields in the Swan Valley.

Meetings were held in Aveley and Caversham recently to explain to residents the implications a gas exploration license covering a large part of the Swan Valley could have.

Caversham resident and vigneron Marc Rumpus said local people were worried about what the gas industry was planning for the region.

“A move by City of Swan councillors to oppose the gas licence is a great start but does not mean the issue is over,” Dr Rumpus said.

“Residents are concerned that there is still a gas exploration permit over a section of Ellenbrook, The Vines and the Swan Valley.

“It’s not just the dangerous business of fracking, and the vast amounts of water that it uses, but the spread of extensive invasive gas fields that the community would have to deal with if this industry were allowed to roll out here.”

Lock the Gate Alliance Mid West co-ordinator Simone van Hattem said residents wanted clarity and the right to have a say about what the gas companies were planning for their region.

“The gas companies involved have publicly stated they are interested in unconventional gas exploration in this region,” she said.

“One of the greatest risks from unconventional gas fields is that they spread over large areas and typically include many gas wells, roads, pipelines, compressor stations and waste water treatment facilities.”

The Midland Public Meeting and Film Screening will take place from 6.45pm on Wednesday November 16 at Ace Cinemas, Midland Gate.

The Caversham-Guildford Residents Meeting will take place at 7pm on Friday, November 18, at Guildford Town Hall, 188 James St, Guildford.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, conatct Simone van Hattem on 0421 389 013.