Appearing in Margaret River Mail 17 May
By Matt Shand
Musician John Butler says it is time for people to hold an “intervention” about fracking in Western Australia.
Butler’s word came just minutes after he finished wowing the audience at a concert to celebrate the screening of Frackman, a film that looks at everyday people fighting against hydraulic fracturing in Queensland.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial mining technique where a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals injected into wells to fracture the rock and allow more gas to flow through the well.
Mining companies state fracking is a safe practice but world wide protests have been held by residents worried about chemical leeching into their drinking water.
“In a country which has one of the driest lands in the planet it doesn't make sense that we’re going to use up water to mine and contaminate drinking water,” Butler said.
“If someone is just hurting them, then that is one thing but if they are hurting the community you need to have an intervention.”
More than a hundred people attended the screening and concert which saw Butler play a range of songs and he used the opportunity to try out a never-heard-before song he wrote about climate change.
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The Margaret River screening of Frackman was the first of a long tour of Western Australia.