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Will Minister Marmion ignore WA Water Corporation warning in his thirst for fracking?

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Scott Ludlam 17 Mar 2014

The Australian Greens have called on WA Mines Minister Bill Marmion to honour his commitment to drink fracking fluid in light of the WA Water Corporation's warning today that fracking risks drinking water across the state.

"Now the government's own Water Corporation is warning fracking could contaminate our drinking water, we want to know if Minister Marmion is still confident enough to drink fracking fluid, as he said he would last year," Western Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said.

"Even if Minister Marmion is happy to ignore the science and risk his own health, he shouldn't be endangering everyone else's with his agenda of gas mining at all costs.

"Our drinking water is too important to risk with fracking, especially when we've seen it threaten water supplies in other states with uranium and asbestos contamination.

"Here we have the WA Water Corporation warning that water supplies across the state, including in the Kimberley, Gascoyne and Geraldton, are in danger of contamination from shale and tight gas mining.

"The health of people living in our rural communities and the productivity of our farming industry must not be sacrificed simply for the private profits of the big mining companies that mostly flow offshore.

"That's why the Greens have moved in federal Parliament to ban fracking, and to give landholders the right to say no to risky unconventional gas - yet the old parties all voted in favour of fracking and in favour of allowing unconventional gas to threaten our water and our communities.

"It's time we put an end to this risky industry and transition to the renewable energy alternatives that won't cost our land, water, climate and communities," Senator Ludlam said.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said:

"In Queensland, we've seen coal seam gas risk our water supplies with asbestos contamination, and in New South Wales we've seen water contaminated with uranium.

"Enough is enough - our health, food security and environment are too important to risk with asbestos, uranium and other contaminants.

"The Greens are the only party standing up for Western Australians against unconventional gas mining, with the old parties voting down our motion to ban fracking for unconventional gas across Australia," Senator Waters said.


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