Woodbridge: public meeting to discuss Moore River region gasfields and fracking


Brad Charlton at Woodridge Fair.
Brad Charlton at Woodridge Fair.

THERE will be a public meeting in Woodridge next week to discuss plans for gasfields in the Moore River region, which could require fracking.

Lock the Gate Alliance Mid West co-ordinator Simone van Hattem said there were several gas exploration leases over a large part of the region.

“The State Government has given gas exploration leases to companies from Guilderton across to Gingin and Muchea, and up to Seabird and Ledge Point, down to the Swan Valley and up all through the Mid West,” Ms van Hattem said.

“This huge area of onshore gas leases includes productive horticulture and agriculture land, tourist spots, nature reserves and residential areas, including Woodridge.

“Gas companies have indicated they want to target unconventional gas. This would involve vast gasfields spread over large areas.

“It could include thousands of fracked gas wells, plus roads, pipelines, compressor stations and waste water treatment.

“The spread of industrial gasfields puts at risk agricultural activities, community health, land values and water resources.”

Local landholders and organisers Brad Charlton and Nicole Hutch said the November 29 meeting responded to concern from local residents and business owners in the area.

“Extracting unconventional tight gas would industrialise the region in ways that conventional gas extraction doesn’t,” Mr Charlton said.

“There’s the risk to water from horizontal high-volume slickwater fracturing.”

The public meeting will start 7pm on Wednesday, November 29 at Woodridge Community Hall, King Drive, Woodridge. Call Simone van Hattem on 0421 389 013 for more.

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