MORE than 30 protestors gathered outside Labor’s Climate Forum in Hamilton Hill last Thursday (July 12) to oppose fracking in WA.
Anti-frackers were armed with “No Fracking” yellow triangles to demand action on climate change ahead of the federal by-election in Fremantle next Saturday (July 28).
Lock the Gate spokesperson Jane Hammond says the group wanted to remind Labor’s shadow minister for energy Mark Butler, who was at the forum, that fracking WA will create “a massive amount of carbon pollution”.
“So far Federal Labor has been silent on the climate impacts that fracking WA will bring and has failed to support fracking bans or moratoria in any state or territory,” she says.
“We wanted to send Labor a very clear message that fracking WA would unleash a massive methane bomb that would make meeting our emissions targets under the Paris Agreement virtually impossible.”
A recent report by Climate Analytics warned that fracking in WA’s Canning Basin alone would produce twice the level of carbon as allowed by the Paris Agreement for the entire nation.
“Fracking is the elephant in the room in any discussion on real action to reduce our emissions,” Ms Hammond says.
“Labor can’t ignore the science on the impact that fracking will have to our national climate stability.”
Fremantle Labor candidate Josh Wilson says he is glad WA Labor has imposed a general moratorium on fracking.
“I welcomed the contributions of Lock the Gate at the Climate Change Forum, and also made time to hear directly from their local coordinator,” he told the Herald.
“I am confident that people in Fremantle know my record when it comes to arguing for action on climate change, stronger federal environmental laws, the introduction of a national network of marine parks, the protection of the Beeliar wetlands, and better animal welfare standards, including the end of live sheep export.”
by MOLLY SCHMIDT