In the Kimberley lies the eighth largest onshore gas basin in the world. The Canning Basin holds more deposits than the whole of Australia’s east coast.
Exploration leases for oil and gas cover many significant areas in the Fitzroy Valley, including the Fitzroy River system and conservation reserves such as Tunnel Creek National Park, Windjana Gorge National Park, the Devonian Reef Conservation Park and Brooking Gorge Conservation Park. They extend as far west as the Broome aquifer, which supplies the town’s residents with water and feeds the wetlands of Roebuck Plains. See map of the petroleum leases.
Buru Energy waste ponds - Yulleroo
Calling for a ban and greater scrutiny
As a result of the risks and known impacts of unconventional gas development on the health of people and the environment, some countries, including France, have banned fracking. In Australia, the state of Victoria has done likewise, while Tasmania and the Northern Territory have declared moratoria until or unless fracking can be shown scientifically to be safe.
In WA, in 2017 the Labor Government is holding an inquiry into whether or not it should declare a ban on fracking in the Kimberley and the rest of WA. Make a submission to the inquiry.
EK is part of a collaborative campaign to ban fracking across the state. In the Kimberley, we are monitoring the often secretive activities of companies (e.g. through Freedom of Information requests) and, wherever possible, making sure that detailed, publicly accessible information is available.
Goshawk Energy’s (majority owned by Andrew Forrest’ Squadron Resources) petroleum lease open for fracking over the Broome town water supply area.