Farmers in the Green Head area of the Perth basin, south of Geraldton, are worried about their water supply.
Gas exploration company AWE is pushing ahead with plans for Western Australia’s first hydraulic fracturing (fracking) project to extract ‘shale’ gas.
Local resident Peggy Hodgson has been farming in mid west since 1960s.
She has fought to keep her drinking water safe from mining companies for decades, and will continue that fight now in her retirement.
“Our water supply our water quality and our water quantity. All of it is under threat should anything go wrong with the fracking and the boring that’s going to go on out here” said Peggy.
The Department of Water confirmed that the AWE project will drill through the same aquifer that supplies the town’s drinking water.
Department of Mines and Petroleum spokes person Jeff Haworth says the the Perth basin is “by far” the most likely fracking project to go ahead.