WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2018: A media report suggesting that the yet to be released WA Fracking Inquiry report has found that fracking can be done without harming the environment has alarmed the Lock the Gate Alliance.
The WA fracking Inquiry handed its report to the State Government on September 12 but the findings have yet to be made public.
A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said the purported finding went against the vast majority of the science on fracking coming out in peer reviewed studies from around the world.
“We know that the WA Fracking Inquiry was hamstrung from the start with very limited terms of reference and no scientists from the crucial areas of health and climate science, so its findings were always going to be limited,” Ms Hammond said.
“It’s terms of reference meant that it would also fail to examine the real social and economic impacts on communities of fracking. It was limited to looking at how fracking should proceed not whether or not it actually should go ahead.
“However, the inquiry was given plenty of evidence that fracking does harm the environment and no amount of regulation can prevent it from impacting negatively on climate stability, human health and the environment.
“We are keen to see the WA Fracking Inquiry’s report and to go over its findings in the context in which they were made.
“There is a groundswell of concern about fracking in Western Australia. So far, we have prominent Australians including Professor Fiona Stanley and Janet Holmes a Court calling for a fracking ban alongside the state’s most powerful unions; the Country Women’s Association the Country Regions Council of WA Inc; two of the biggest Aboriginal groups in the Kimberley; musicians like John Butler and Jimmy Barnes; 50 of the nation’s top scientists including some of the best-known climate scientists in the world; and the State executive of the Labor Party.
“All of these individuals and organisations have joined in the chorus calling for a permanent, legislated state wide ban on fracking in WA. In addition, more than 14,000 people have signed a paper petition calling for a permanent, legislated state wide ban on fracking our state.
“We think it is well past the time that the WA Government started to listen to the science, the people and the community and followed the lead of Victoria in moving to ban fracking permanently across the whole of WA.”