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Petitioners to call on WA Government to Ban Fracking Permanently

THURSDAY, September 5: Hundreds of concerned citizens from across Western Australia are expected to converge on Parliament House, Perth on Thursday October 11 to call for a permanent legislated statewide ban on fracking.

The event comes in the lead up to a State Government decision on whether to lift a moratorium on fracking covering much of the state.

Currently only the South West, Peel and Metro regions of WA are covered by a permanent ban on fracking but this is not protected by legislation and could be lifted on Ministerial discretion.

The rest of the state is covered by three year moratorium on fracking while a scientific panel investigates the technology and assesses whether regulation can make fracking safe.

Despite the three year time frame the panel is expected to report by the end of the year and the government to make its decision on whether or not to give fracking the greenlight.

A major compendium of studies on the threats of fracking on human health, published in the US in March this year by the Concerned Health Professionals of New York and the Nobel Prize winning Physicians for Social Responsibility found that: “There is no evidence that fracking can operate without threatening public health directly or without imperiling climate stability upon which public health depends.” (1)

Across WA more than 20 communities have already declared themselves Gasfield Free, taking away the gas industry’s social licence to operate in their areas.

Frack Free WA and Lock the Gate have been coordinating a petition campaign across the state calling for a fracking ban to be legislated, permanent and statewide.

The petitions directed at the Upper House will be handed to the state government at the October 11 rally.

The rally is open to everyone to attend. It will take place at 12 noon on Thursday October 11 on the steps of Parliament House Perth.

More information on the rally here

Reference: 1:

Concerned Health Professionals of New York & Physicians for Social Responsibility. (2018, March). Compendium of scientific, medical, and media findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking (unconventional gas and oil extraction) (5th ed.). http://concernedhealthny.org/compendium/ (P266)