South West residents raise concerns about fracking

Defiant: Lock the Gate Members meeting in Burekup on Wednesday to show they don't support moves to commence gas mining in the South West region.
Defiant: Lock the Gate Members meeting in Burekup on Wednesday to show they don't support moves to commence gas mining in the South West region.

More than 100 people turned out at a meeting in Burekuk last Wednesday to discuss the risks of gas mining.

Spokesperson for Gas Free South West Jodi Larke said the meeting was empowering and demonstrated the strength of concern in the local community about the risks to land, water and health posed by the gas industry.

“With gas exploration permits about to be issued covering parts of the Busselton, Bunbury and the surrounding shires, the community are concerned about the future of the region if the industry gets a foothold,” Ms Larke said. 

“The community of Burekup and Roelands wants a future that is clean where water supplies are protected from contamination and overuse by an invasive and short term industry.

Ms Larke said the community are more interested in a future based on renewable energy than gas mining.

“There are also concerns that an industrialised gas field could impact heavily on farming and the production of fresh food,” she said.