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New fracking access agreement

CCWA Director Piers Verstegen said "This agreement stacks the table against the growing number of communities and landowners across WA who are trying to protect their land and water from the prospect of polluting, invasive gasfields."

"During the past 12 months we have seen communities coming together across the Kimberley, Midwest and Southwest to protect their land and water from the fracking industry."

"One of the biggest concerns those communities have is that landholders and farmers have no veto rights to prevent fracking on their land."

"If farmers have no right of veto, then they will be negotiating from a very weak position indeed."

"This access agreement confirms that when it comes to the rights of farmers and landholders, everything is stacked in favor of the fracking industry."

"In the last few days we have seen Warren Truss, the leader of the Australian National party joining the call for farmers to have veto rights over fracking on their land"

The Media has reported Truss said “Farmers should be able to say no and state governments should change whatever needs to be changed so that they can say no.”

"It’s time the WA Liberal – National Government heed these calls, rather than release access agreements that confirm farmers have not rights to protect their land and water" said Mr. Verstegen.

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