Exploration permit given

City of Swan has contacted both the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the managers of the Exploration Permit and determined the proposal does not require hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

The permit, labelled EP 494, stretches from near the Warro gasfield next to the Watheroo National Park, down past Moora, all the way to the Swan Valley.

There are several oil and gas drilling exploration permits granted between Perth and Geraldton, many of which are targeting unconventional gas in shale and tight sandstone rocks, which require fracking.

The Southern Sky Energy permit is looking for �conventional hydrocarbon targets� within a 2577sq km area including Chittering Shire, Gingin Shire, City of Swan and Toodyay Shire.

Swan Valley Progress Association chairman Rod Henderson said the group would be strongly opposed to any action that would impact the rural aspect of the Swan Valley or potentially affect the area�s aquifers.

�We are certainly concerned and will be tracking it closely,� he said.

Conservation Council spokeswoman Chantelle Roberts agreed.

�This area is famous for agriculture and wine making and contains many beautiful conservation areas; this is not the place for oil and gas drilling,� Ms Roberts said.