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Living in the Kimberley we often take it for granted that our air and water is sacrosanct and protected from pollution. I know you’ll find it hard to believe, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is inland groundwater, which is often connected to wetlands, spring and rivers, not protected, but it’s open to dirty, polluting industries like fracking for gas.

Kimberley drinking water under threat
You’ll be even more surprised to know that Kimberley towns and communities’ public drinking water reserves – where we get our water from – are open to fracking, and the State Government is refusing to protect these places.

If you'd like to donate to our case, please scroll down to the link at the bottom.

Broome’s drinking water reserve begins on the corner of Broome Road and the Cape Leveque Road. The northern end of the borefield is covered by a lease owned by Goshawk Energy. Goshawk is making plans for fracking right now.

Previuos donations to EK in the past year has helped us make a submission to the parliamentary inquiry on fracking, appeal the EPA’s decision not to assess Buru Energy’s fracking proposal for the Kimberley, and make sure the Government understands community concerns about fracking.

Buru Energy’s fracking program was due to start in April this year but the 80 appeals, including EK’s, have stalled those plans. It now plans to frack from July onwards. This is where we need help – to inform the community of what the consequences would be.

Thin end of the wedge
If Buru Energy’s fracking program shows there’s enough gas for production and Buru builds a pipe from Yulleroo, 75km from Broome, to Port Hedland, it would open up the Kimberley to gas fracking on an unprecedented scale.

There would be a spiderweb of industrial development from Broome to Balgo, threatening special places like the Dampier Peninsula and the Fitzroy River, as well as drinking water reserves.

Right now, we need your help
Most people are not aware of what’s planned and I want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to know what fracking would mean for the Kimberley region and for its people.

We have already produced information resources using previous donations from supporters like you. People have been shocked at what fracking could do to the Kimberley, and we need your help now to spread the word further and help people take action.

Funding cut
To make things harder for us, the Australian Government has axed its annual Grants to Voluntary Environment Heritage and Sustainability Organizations, which we have received for the past 5 years. This is a major blow to EK with a loss of $30,000 in the next financial year. The pressure is on and your support is needed more than ever.

Please support us by making a tax-deductible donation to help us do our work

We are grateful for all donations, large and small, and we know that many members are already regular donors.

We are seeking to raise $10,000 for the work that we have to complete over the next few months. A contribution of $100 goes a long way towards our being able to do our work well. Monthly giving offers us security for our budgeting over the year. Once you’ve signed up there’s nothing more to do, and you can feel confident that you’re making a big contribution to protecting this special place.

You can donate via our website, send us the attached form, or ring Tess in the office on (08) 9192 1922 with your credit card details.

We sincerely appreciate your past and future support — it’s essential for us to be able to continue our work to protect the Kimberley.

Martin Pritchard
Director

Website for donations
http://www.environskimberley.org.au/support-environs-kimberley/donate-environs-kimberley/

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