ANTI-FRACKING activists will lobby the Glenelg Shire Council to support their cause, with Portland’s underground water supply expected to be a focal point of their campaign.
Julie Hart from the recently formed Lock the Gate Alliance in Portland confirmed at Tuesday night’s council meeting that she would be part of a delegation making a presentation to the council on the impacts of fracking early next month.
Fracking involves pumping water, sand and chemicals down a deep well to release hydrocarbon trapped in geological formations.
It has come to prominence in recent years, in particular, Queensland and New South Wales, with a special focus on the Coal Seam Gas industry.
The State Government has a moratorium on fracking until July 2015, however, there are fears the moratorium maybe lifted early or not extended.
Ms Hart said there was a high degree of activity from mining companies in the lower south east of South Australia, the closest being at Caroline to the south-east of MountGambier.
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