FARMERS in the lower south-west are being mobilised to express their opposition to mining companies using the controversial practice of fracking to extract gas.
The opposition is based primarily on fears the practice has in relation to water quality.
A public meeting of concerned landowners will be held at the Digby public hall on April 1 at 7.30pm.
It follows on from a similar recent meeting near Warrnambool and a strong protest movement that formed in farming areas in the south-east of South Australia during the recent South Australian State Election.
Fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals down a deep well to release hydrocarbon trapped in geological formations.
Several mining exploration companies hold exploration permits in the lower south-west including Beach Energy and Mecrus Resources, with the permits allowing them to explore for a number of resources including unconventional gases.
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