Protesters gathered outside Buru Energy’s annual general meeting today at the Celtic Club in West Perth to protest the oil and gas giant’s upcoming plans to ‘frack the Kimberley’.
The protest, organised by Lock the Gate Alliance WA, aims to get Buru Energy to consider an alternative way of sourcing gas after plans to frack at Yawuru.
Lock the Gate Alliance WA spokesperson Jane Hammond says Buru Energy will initially be targeting conventional gas in Yawuru, before it moves onto tight gas, which will require fracking to extract.
“They [Buru Energy] are not using the term fracking because they know how weighted that is,” she says.
Ms Hammond says in their submission to the WA inquiry into fracking, Buru Energy admitted they found elevated levels of radioactive material and high levels of salts, Boron and Barium in their fracking flowback fluid.
“Their solution to what to do with this intractable waste – feed it to cows as stock water,” she says.
“If you feed stock that’s going into our export market a potentially radioactive and contaminated water, you could kill off that industry.”
Wilderness Society of WA State Director Kit Sainsbury says Buru Energy needs to be reminded they don’t have the social licence to follow this through.
“There is enough public community support, not just in the Kimberley with traditional custodians, but here within Perth and beyond to further demonstrate that fracking is a dangerous industry that should not go ahead,” he says.
Mr Sainsbury says there are alternative measures to fracking that could better not only the Kimberley, but society as a whole.
“There are viable alternatives in the industry to take this on beyond fracking that will provide jobs, that will provide a beneficial economy and will also lead to a cleaner future for that area and for Western Australia as a whole.”
Buru Energy did not respond to requests for comment.