Onshore gas in WA
Western Australia has an enormous onshore gas resource of tight and shale gas, however their is still widespread anxiety about the impact unconventional gas extraction will have on environment and agricultural production.
The Nationals WA are strong in our belief that, given the correct policy settings, mining and agriculture can continue to co-exist as they have done for many years in WA. This relies on us continuing to protect our water resources and strengthening veto rights for landholders.
We recognise that there is a significant gap between the bargaining strength of a resource company and that of a landholder. The Nationals support landowners and believe they should be able to negotiate on fair commercial terms.
While landholders can refuse permission for a mining tenement to be created over their land where there are dwellings or infrastructure, or the land is under cultivation for agricultural purposes the same rights do not apply for gas exploration.
If elected with the balance of power we will amend the Western Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 to include a right of veto by landholders to protect their interests from exploration and production by commercial onshore oil and fas operators.
Water is a precious resource, essential for our local communities to drink, grow food and use for recreation.
The Nationals will make sure we are doing everything we can to safeguard our agricultural land and underground water resources, and in doing so promote confidence in the industry. We will provide landowners with a 'right of veto' over hydraulic fracturing in Western Australia.
For more detail on our commitments, read our full policy paper here.