Opinion: Keep WA frack-free

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I RECENTLY attended an anti-fracking meeting in Wanneroo, which was advertised in the February 7 edition of the Times.

I was shocked to discover that companies have been granted exploration licences for gas fracking throughout most of the metropolitan area, as well as throughout the north and southwest of WA.

Many of these licences extend over farming and agricultural areas, vineyards and underground water resources.

How can the WA government ignore the numerous scientific studies and reports that have come out of the USA over the past several years documenting the harmful impacts of gas-fracking, not only on the environment (land, water and air) but on the health of people?

Fracking requires numerous extremely dangerous chemicals, combined with sand and a whole heap of water under pressure to fracture the earth.

How can they possibly avoid polluting groundwater at the same time?

This mix is then held in ‘holding ponds’ indefinitely whilst the volatile gases from the chemicals pollute the air when evaporation occurs.

Any such industry is vulnerable to accidents and in the worst case scenario we could find that WA – currently stressed for water resources – could experience pollution of underground water, which the metropolitan area relies on for its residents and businesses.

The subsequent pollution of food crops and thousands of people experiencing increasing health problems would over-burden an already stressed hospital and medical system.

What is wrong with our Government? Looking for short term benefits when there is already an over-supply of gas?

This practice has been banned in Victoria and a moratorium exists in Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

When were people advised of these activities or even consulted?

DEL MEREDITH,

Alexander Heights.