SOUTHERN Rural Water does not have a watertight policy to prevent companies from gaining licences to use fracking for any proposed onshore gas operation in the Glenelg Shire after July next year.
The State Government’s moratorium on fracking, which has been extended until July next year but is uncertain after that, remains the most effective method of preventing licences from being issued.
Members of the public attending last Wednesday’s anti-fracking campaign strategy meeting in Portland expressed concern about what SRW’s position was on fracking, particularly if the moratorium was lifted.
SRW is responsible for issuing licences to parties to gain access to groundwater supplies in the shire, including Wannon Water.
A growing number of people have been attending the anti-fracking meetings throughout the shire since April.
Concerns about the detrimental affects to water supply and quality imposed by onshore gas companies which use the fracking practice have been expressed by the majority of shire residents and property owners at the meetings.
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