The Beharra Springs Gas facility near Dongara is now a contaminated site after elevated levels of hydrocarbons and arsenic were discovered in groundwater around the plant. The contamination has been going on for at least 12 years. The elevated levels are the result of contamination from the gas facility including suspected leaks from the plastic lined waste water pond and faulty equipment. High levels of arsenic were found in water that had been used as drinking water in the gas facility.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019: The McGowan Government has condemned some of Western Australia’s best farmland and significant cultural regions to being fracked, with today’s lifting of the fracking moratorium for existing petroleum titles. Huge swathes of the extremely productive WA Wheatbelt and Mid West regions, and key sensitive areas and wetlands across the Kimberley, can now be fracked, according to […]
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019: Lock the Gate Alliance has called on the Western Australian EPA to listen to landholders in the Dongara region and publicly assess the Waitsia Gasfield proposal. Plans to expand the gasfield, which could be on of the nation’s biggest onshore gas developments, were released on last week and the public was given just seven days to […]
FRIDAY JUNE 21, 2019: In a move applauded by ratepayers, the Gingin Shire Council voted unanimously to oppose fracking for unconventional gas at its meeting yesterday. The vote follows a request from ratepayers to take a strong stand against the development of unconventional gas in the shire. The council also agreed to write to the Premier Mark McGowan expressing its […]
MONDAY, JUNE3, 2019: Work is underway on what could be WA’s first fracking gasfield, the Lock the Gate Alliance has warned A drilling exploration rig has been erected 50km south east of Dongara on unallocated crown land off Natta Road. It is exploring for tight gas as well as conventional gas and oil. Mid West coordinator for Lock the Gate […]