The Farming Land Access Agreement Template released by the Western Australian Government today does not change the fact that farmers still don’t have legal rights to say no to petroleum activities, including fracking for shale gas, on their land.
“It’s shameful that farmers do not have any legal rights to protect their land, water and the climate from oil and gas when the big petroleum companies come knocking,” Australian Greens Senator for WA, Rachel Siewert, said.
“The agreement released today doesn’t do anything to change this gross inequity that leaves farmers backed into a corner.
Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and mining spokesperson, said:
“We Greens have a bill in the Senate to give landholders, including farmers, native title holders and local councils, the right to say no to unconventional gas mining, including shale, on their land.
“This is our third bill to give landholders the rights they deserve after the big parties failed to support our earlier attempts.
"It's clear to the community that the balance between big mining and petroleum companies and landholders is hopelessly skewed towards big gas and eventually the old parties will have to listen to the community instead of their big petroleum and mining donors.
"The Greens will continue to stand strong with farmers, traditional owners and local councils, to protect their land, water and climate," Senator Waters said.