Keep Unconventional Gas and Fracking Out of SA
As the world has started running out of large and easily extracted reservoirs of gas, the industry has developed various methods to release gas trapped within layers of rock. Unconventional gas includes coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas, usually extracted via the highly invasive process known as fracking.
In the eastern states fracking has caused huge controversy. Social movements opposing fracking have unified people of all ages and backgrounds across the political spectrum. This has achieved some real wins, with projects being stopped and even bans on the whole industry. But these wins don't come easily.
In South Australia, we are now facing the threat of industrial gasfields across our state. Despite the gas industry being a minimal contributor to SA’s jobs or economy, the state government has been pushing hard to open up unconventional gas resources, even paying companies to explore for gas in some of our most beautiful and productive landscapes. The South East is now covered by exploration licences.
It's only a matter of time till all this exploration for unconventional gas moves to the next stage — unless we put a stop to it.
In SA we've got far better options. We are already getting half of our energy from renewables, and this will increase rapidly with planned new large scale batteries and one of the world's biggest solar thermal power plants that will store energy for hours after the sun has set.
We don't need a new unconventional gas industry that will risk our state’s foodbowl, our water supplies, our spectacular landscapes and even our own health.
Help us put a stop to it now, before it's got a foothold.
Four ways you can take action:
- Sign our petition to Premier Weatherill calling on him to permanently protect our South East from fracking and share it with your friends and family (and keep and eye out for our petition postcards around SA!)
- Chip in to help support our work - every bit helps!
- Follow Gasfield Free SA on Facebook
- Learn about unconventional gas and why it's a concern by checking out our fact sheet