Caversham East residents declare selves gasfield-free amid concerns about fracking


Residents are concerned over the risks fracking poses.
Residents are concerned over the risks fracking poses.

CAVERSHAM East residents declared themselves gasfield-free at a special event at Ambrook Wines last week.

A recent survey found that 89 per cent of residents were against fracking and were in support of going gasfield-free.

Caversham resident and vigneron Dr Marc Rumpus from Frack Free Caversham group said volunteers went door to door asking neighbours about going gasfield-free and they said they wanted to protect their water from the “toxic industry”.

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“Most people are predominantly concerned the risk fracking poses to our underground water which Perth, the Mid West and South West all rely heavily on for drinking and agriculture,” he said.

“The different levels of aquifers in the area are connected and can mix and this coupled with the real threat of pollution by direct and indirect action of the fracking and unconventional gas extraction processes is a big worry – contamination has been proven in other areas.”

Regional Lock the Gate co-ordinator Simone van Hattem said people in the Swan Valley and Chittering in recent months have indicated that they do not want fracking in their region.