Thursday, July 26, 2012

boonah's anti-fracking day of action

It's world anti-fracking day on Saturday July 28 and we’re marking it in Boonah.

As people gather across the world for Anti-Fracking Day, Boonah’s holding an event with live music and lots of information to raise awareness of the impacts of coal and coal seam gas mining, and of course fracking.

Organised by the Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire (BOSS) with subcommittee Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic, secretary Julie Jackson invites members of the community to come along and participate in this peaceful day of action in the Council Forecourt in Boonah’s High Street.

“There’s lots happening in our region and Saturday morning provides a good opportunity to show your support and find out about upcoming events and activities.”

“People can learn about how to get involved in our planned Coal and CSG Free Community Declarations, Linda Weston’s 100km Walk against Coal and Gas and find out more about the potential Croftby open cut coal mine.”

“Live music will feature our talented local musicians performing original enviro pop and folk songs such as Pound of Plastic, The Value of Money, and Clean Air by Eat them Like Apples, and Save our Scenic Rim by Linda Weston and Cameron Mitchell.”

“It’s our way of recognising Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon’s recently launched Artists against Fracking, an initiative of musicians, actors and other celebrities to build awareness of the destructive effects of fracking.”

Coal Seam Gas company Arrow Energy has already used the controversial 'hydraulic fracture' or fracking process near Beaudesert and within 100m of the Logan River – the Beaudesert region’s town water supply and a supply which will soon be linked to the main South East Queensland water grid - so that's the drinking water for Brisbane, the Gold Coast and many built-up areas in between.

Fracking - a process used to help release difficult to extract coal seam gas - is controversial because of the chemicals used in the process, as well as its potential to contaminate underground water supplies. Worldwide, many countries have banned or put on hold the fracking process until it can be shown to be safe.

“Our objectives are the same: let's put the science first and safeguard our precious water supplies.”

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