Friday, March 1, 2013

Opinion - The West Australian

Opinion - The West Australian: WA farmers will campaign for the power to veto hydraulic fracturing on agricultural land in the countdown to the State election.

The veto demand is part of push by farmers for a greater say in decision-making on resource exploration and development.

Peak industry group WAFarmers will lobby all major parties for the introduction of an "agricultural impact assessment" process for mining and oil and gas projects.

WAFarmers president Dale Park said yesterday that the agricultural impact assessments could be carried out by the Environmental Protection Authority.

Mr Park said it was important to have proper safeguards in place for the controversial gas exploration technique known as fraccing.

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