Our work, and the work of the community to protect our unique biodiversity needs to be underpinned by strong environmental laws that enable us to fight for the environment.
We know that the community has concerns about how fracking might affect their land and so we continue to work hard to ensure that the community has access to the legal system, that the law is fair, applied correctly and enforced in the courts, if necessary. Land owners, occupiers and affected communities should have fair rights in relation to access to land by the petroleum industry, particularly where unconventional gas exploration and production is involved.
Over the past month, we’ve been to court several times and in early December we will again appear in the State Administrative Tribunal Warden’s Court representing our client Miklo Corpus, a Yawuru traditional owner of country in and around Broome. Miklo is working hard to protect his country from fracking and it’s important that we are there to represent him. We are also in the Warden’s Court on two other matters.
It costs $685 per day for EDOWA to provide free legal assistance.
So what can we do next?
Recently, the Department of Minerals and Petroleum formed a “Land Access Working Group” to review the statutory framework for land access by the resources industry. This was in direct response to one of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs in its report on “Implications for Western Australia of Hydraulic Fracturing for Unconventional Gas”.
The Working Group will have Conservation Council of WA representation, along with representatives from industry, farmer bodies, local government and various State government agencies. The Working Group will undertake a consultation process with stakeholders and will provide its report and recommendations before 30 June 2018 for consideration by the State Government in relation to resources land access issues.
We think that it is important that the EDOWA contribute to that Working Group and be involved in its consultation process, by way of submissions and recommendations after speaking with environmental groups and the broader the community. We’d like to dedicate an EDOWA staff member to this task – we think it will take about 20 days and they will work on it between January 2017 and June 2018.
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