Fracking the Kimberley?
The Kimberley region is treasured globally for its ecological diversity, ancient heritage and majestic beauty. The Wilderness Society has been working to protect the Kimberley for over 30 years from short-term, irresponsible industrial development. We’ve helped to halt the damming of the Fitzroy River, stop an industrial gas hub from being built at James Price Point, and have helped secure five new marine parks and conservation reserves along the globally significant coastline.
Fracking was first proposed in the Kimberley in 2010, where a small company—Arc Energy—applied for a gas fracking exploration permit across the Canning Basin. That company has now become Buru Energy, and has tested four exploratory wells in the Yulleroo region of Yawuru country, as well as two wells, called 'Valhalla' and 'Asgard', close to the National Heritage-listed Fitzroy River.
Since operations began in 2010, there has been no community consultation or any independent oversight of gas fracking plans by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA). The regulations that govern the industry by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) are far from transparent or ‘world class’, with the failsafe requirements relying on keeping impacts ‘as low as reasonably practicable’.
It has been left up to the community to monitor and protect country. This is why empowered Traditional Custodians, like Micklo Corpus, are living on country to monitor gas fracking operations. In 2014, a community member discovered and recorded the well ‘Yulleroo 2’ pumping dangerous levels of methane into the atmosphere. A dingo was found dead and decomposing in Buru’s fracking flowback ponds and aerial photographs show that pipes were pumping excess water from the wastewater flowback ponds into nearby bushland.
Currently, no right of ‘VETO’ exists for Traditional Owners, farmers or pastoralists. In July 2015, a diverse group of Kimberley Indigenous leaders called for a moratorium on gas fracking.
There is a better way to secure a clean energy future, through renewables such as wind and solar—which don't threaten our water, land or climate.
We invite you to join our active community, working towards the protection of the Kimberley. Come along to one of our upcoming events or volunteer your skills today in your local community.
What is The Wilderness Society doing?
We're working in partnership and alliances with other environmental non-profit groups, supporting Traditional Custodians to have their voices heard, and connecting thousands of supporters across the state and the country to raise awareness of the threat that gas fracking poses to water, land and communities.
We collate the latest research into the environmental impacts of fracking, challenge regulations and assessment to include independent oversight, and meet with decision-makers to make your voices heard.
We organise events like film nights, information nights and concerts. We train and upskill community members to empower them to make change, through participating in activities such as stall holding, community phone banking and door knocking.
We're not just looking to protect the the Kimberley from the threat of fracking, we want to protect our water and land across the great state of WA—from the forests of the South West to farms in the mid-west.
What can I do?
You have an opportunity to stand up for what's right and halt unconventional gas and fracking in the precious Kimberley. To make real change, we need people power acting on all fronts.
The three best ways to get involved are by turning up at big events, to show our strength in numbers; spreading the word about our campaigns; and becoming active in your local electorate.
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