Farmers hold firm against fracking

NO FRACKING: Prime lamb producer Don Pegler said he will stand 	against fracking unless it can be proven unconventional gas mining will not contaminate aquifers.  
Picture: JOCELYN NICKELS

NO FRACKING: Prime lamb producer Don Pegler said he will stand against fracking unless it can be proven unconventional gas mining will not contaminate aquifers. Picture: JOCELYN NICKELS

FARMERS throughout the region are standing firm on their demand to ban fracking in the South East following the state energy minister's royalties enticement.

While the Liberal Party has pledged to sweep in a 10-year moratorium on fracking in the South East if it wins government, the State Labor Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis has announced landholders would be offered 10pc royalties to allow mining on their properties.

However, it appears farmers remain opposed to the controversial mining practice, which they fear would cause irreparable damage to the water table and their businesses.

Nene Valley prime lamb producer and former parliamentarian Don Pegler said he opposed fracking until it could be proven unconventional gas extraction would not damage aquifers.

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