Fracking motion defeated by Parliament in concerning decision
Date:Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Today in Parliament the Liberal, National and Labor parties combined to defeat a motion calling for a moratorium on the controversial gas extraction technique known as fracking.
The motion, introduced by Greens WA spokesperson on Water Alison Xamon, called for a moratorium on the emerging industry until a comprehensive and transparent regulatory framework could be developed.
“It is highly concerning that this motion has been dismissed by Parliament,” Ms Xamon said.
“Especially in light of arecent bipartisan NSW Government report into coal seam gas and fracking that recommended a complete ban on fracking until necessary safeguards are put in place. A ban on fracking is already in place in NSW.
“This is precisely what the Greens, farming groups and environmental groups have been calling for in WA, although the evidence has so far fallen upon the deaf ears of the WA Government who only seem willing to listen to the vested interests of industry.
“There is increasing concern in communities in Australia and the world about the potential for serious adverse environmental consequences arising from the use of this emerging technology.
“And these concerns will only get stronger as the industry develops and hundreds of wells begin to appear throughout Western Australia.
“I can give an assurance that this decision is by no means the end of the matter.
“We are tired of hearing nothing but industry platitudes coming from the Government and will continue our efforts to limit the impact of fracking on our communities here in WA.”