ROCKINGHAM residents delivered protest postcards to Brand MHR Madeleine King’s office on Tuesday.
The postcards were written by people who attended an environment festival and were against fracking.
Mary Ann Rath claimed the Federal Government was getting ready to make fracking a Federal issue by “financing the activity here in the west, together with a pipeline from here to the east”.
Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg announced that ACIL Allen, in conjunction with GHD, was the successful tenderer to conduct a pre-|feasibility study on the West-East Gas Pipeline.
He said the West-East Gas Pipeline pre-feasibility study was the first Commonwealth investigation of the potential for constructing a gas pipeline from WA to link up to the east coast gas market.
“The findings from the study may inform a full feasibility study to test the viability of constructing a natural gas pipeline to provide additional gas supplies and increase competition in the east coast gas market,” he said.
Lock the Gate Alliance spokeswoman Jane Hammond said the Government was trying to bully WA into dropping its fracking moratorium.
“A transnational gas pipeline would be outdated before it was even complete, but would commit us to energy based on fracking,” she said.
Ms King said the Federal Government was out of touch.
“Ultimately, this is a matter for the State Government and the Premier has been clear about the moratorium,” she said.
“I appreciate the time people have taken to share their views with me as I continue to work to hold this government to account.”