WA Greens outraged over state government’s continual support of fraccing.

The West Australian Greens have expressed outrage over Bill Marmion’s continual support of onshore gas fraccing.

Marmion, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, celebrated a new discovery of gas in the mid-west today, citing its potential to revitalise a declining gas field and providing the state with a safe and affordable future.

Greens Member for the Mining and Pastoral Region, Robin Chapple disagrees, explaining how the gas industry is in fact highly unsustainable.

“Gas is a fossil fuel, to mine it is not only unsustainable, but poses alarming environmental and health risks, such as water and soil contamination which lead to human and animal health problems.

“Minister Marmion, is this the future you want for our community? asked Mr Chapple.

Marmion also commented on the gas shortage faced by NSW, proudly explaining how WA is going to avoid this ‘crisis’.

“The aforementioned gas crisis has been shown to be fabricated in an attempt to scare voters into accepting a coal seam gas industry, explained Mr Chapple.

“Bill Marmion is simply copying the scare-tactics used by [NSW federal industry minister] Ian Macfarlane, an approach which won’t work in West Australia.

Mr Marmion’s comments come on the back of recent figures released by BP showing that even after the shale-gas revolution in America, emission intensity hasn’t seen a significant reduction.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255.

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