Two fracking free towns in Western Australia

double win waThere are now two towns in Western Australia to declare themselves fracking free zones, where fracking activities are not welcome.

Earlier this week the town of Greenough declared itself frack free and now they have been followed by the Shire of Coorow.

On Wednesday Coorow councillors unanimously backed a request to put a hold on all fracking work at energy company AWE’s Drover-1 well.

The request was submitted by residents from the local Green Head and Leeman communities.

Of course it drew the usual responses saying fracking is a ‘safe’ process and doesn’t need to be put through rigorous environmental assessment, despite our aquifers being at risk.

But neither the process of injecting high pressure chemicals into the earth, nor the resulting escape of methane is safe for our environment.

Methane is far more potent a green house gas than carbon dioxide in the immediate term, and fracking wells are notorious for creating methane leaks.

It’s simply not worth the risk.

I stand with the peoples of Greenough, Green Heads and Leeman in their fight to prevent fracking in Western Australia.

We will win the day.

Real life has taken a grip

Sleepy Kelpie
Image Credit: Maggie Sharp -https://www.flickr.com/photos/maggiesharp/6773363654/

Real life stuff has taken a grip on my energy and time for writing lately.

A lot of things happening in the world right now, but I’m focused on work and organising for the Perth Climate Mobilisation at the moment.

That and trying to take a bit of time for self care, I’ve enjoyed playing some games but been a bit short on sleep lately.

Need to fix that issue. Also need to do some shopping.

In a more exciting turn of events, hopefully this weekend we will finally get bring home the puppy I found a few weeks ago!

Also, I just received more hours at work, so that idea about sleeping more…

Not likely.

Peoples Climate Mobilisation – September 21

Peoples Climate Mobilisation, September 21, 2014

Tonight I was at a meeting to organise an event here in Perth as part of a global action to coincide with the UN Climate Summit in New York on September 21.

The message for the event is simple and clear, we want a safe climate future. 

To achieve this, we call for:
1) Tony Abbott to put real climate action on the G20 agenda.
2) A strong Renewable Energy Target and timeline for 100% Renewable Energy.
3) No new coal or gas projects. 

Find out more about the Perth event here.

Click here for information about other Peoples Climate events around the global.

Also keep your eyes on the #PeoplesClimate and #WorthSaving tags across social media, as they will be used extensively by this campaign.

WA Farmer’s fear for livelihood as fracking moves in.

No FrackingFarmers 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.

Watch the ABC report by Kathryn Diss

 

noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25

#noWAsharkcull crew at the EPA office in Perth.
Image via AAP, that’s me in the green hat and shiny suit.

Some #noWAsharkcull crew today visited the office of the Environment Protection Authority on St George’s Terrace, Perth.

The aim was to deliver a scroll of messages and a book of photos to Paul Vogel. The messages on the scroll came from both here in Western Australia and from others around the world, all calling for an end to the shark cull in WA.

The real aim was to get the campaign back in the media, and combined with yesterday’s media blow-up, it has worked. We got media for what really was just a few people with a desire to see the head of the EPA, who in my opinion absolutely should be meeting with environmental movements.

If the EPA won’t even meet with us, after we break all their records for public submissions, what does that say about them? Maybe they will, we have requested a meeting with Paul Vogel between now and July the 4th, while the Public Environmental Review is still open.

We will see what happens, maybe he will prove open to discussion about alternatives.  Continue reading noWAsharkcull crew take it to the EPA #100daysofblogging #day25