Farmers nervous about government’s fracking push

Mar 17, 2017

Share

Gas companies are calling for “more exploration, which is code for fracking,” says Leon Byner.

“Many farmers are on edge because of potential spoilage to arable land where their crops are grown. But underneath those crops there’s something that you and I own that a lot of companies want to get their hands on.”

LISTEN HERE:

CEO of the SA Dairy Farmers Association Andrew Curtis says underground damage was the biggest concern…

“Our major concern is the regional impact… on the water tables that we and a lot of producers rely on to grow the food that we do,” Andrew told Leon.

“It’s about a whole range of impacts on production, but they go below the surface. It’s not just about the damage to the arable land, it’s also about the long term effects that could occur through damages to the aquifers.”

Andrew said he did not accept assurances fracking would occur well above water table levels:

“The discussions in the south-east suggest it will be down to three kilometres in depth, so it will go right through the water tables, through the aquifers and cause potential damage all the way down.”

Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the government’s policy was clear:

“If you can’t prove to us that there will be no pollution, no contamination, no damage to the aquifer then you can’t drill.

“But if you can prove to us that you can do all that without harming the aquifer then you can drill, and if you do find oil and gas we will share our royalties with that farmland.”

MOST POPULAR

THE “ERROR” THAT COULD COST THE CROWS A FLAG

PREMIER TEARS SHREDS OFF FEDERAL MINISTER AT PRESS CONFERENCE

Share