Member for Maryborough - Bruce Saunders.
Member for Maryborough - Bruce Saunders. Alistair Brightman

Saunders says ‘frack off’

DEVELOPERS considering the Fraser Coast for future shale gas projects can "frack off", Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has declared.

Mr Saunders is opposed to the development of a shale gas fracking industry on the Coast, instead he is pushing the green-fuel market.

"It (fracking) won't be good for future development of the region - our government is promoting this area as a future large bio-fuels area," Mr Saunders said.

Shale gas fracking is a mining technique of drilling and injecting fluid into the earth at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks and release natural gas inside.

The technique has been questioned due to the possible effects on water supplies and increased air pollution.

Mr Saunders' strong comments came as global anti-fracking campaigner John Fenton visited the Brolga theatre to warn people about how the operation affects people.

Mr Fenton reflected on his own experiences with the controversial drilling and the problems caused in his home state of Wyoming in the west of the United States of America.

"The closest fracking to our house is 220 feet out (of) the front door," he said.

Mr Fenton spoke of the lack of privacy at his home with the landscape now resembling an "industrial operation".

"It has affected the groundwater that we rely on for domestic use in our home and watering live

stock," he said.

With no fracking currently under way or planned for the Fraser Coast, Mr Fenton used his speech at the Brolga to urge residents to be proactively against it.

"It has to be prevention because once the (mining) leases are issued, the drilling and explorations begin, you're done," he declared.

"If people are concerned they need to be proactive about this.

"The impacts start immediately - it will never ever be the same again."



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