Your View: Gas supply

AUSTRALIA is not short on gas supplies.

In the eyes of many a so-called shortage has been deliberately created by government and the mining industry in a bid to lift bans on fracking, the process which can deliver greater gas extraction from underground sources.

Allowing the unnecessary closure of coal-fired electricity generation plants has meant a higher reliance on gas but there is still plenty, provided the local demand is given priority over exports.

The federal government, in particular, keeps claiming the advantage of greater gas mining to deliver jobs.

The government even attempts to bribe the states by threatening to reduce their share of the GST revenue if they do not maximise industrial potential (read: lift fracking bans).

Fracking has caused much anxiety around the nation but the south-east residents of SA are particularly concerned because of our reliance on underground water.

We have no rivers, no reservoirs and very few or no farm dams. Some of the area sits above saline water which is not even suitable for livestock.

Therefore, the good-quality water is absolutely vital for human consumption, livestock, industry, agricultural irrigation, parks and gardens, et cetera.

The underground water sits amongst soft limestone and caves which is an environment prone to disturbance from natural causes and man-made interference, which has the potential to cause saline layers entering good water.

The community has strongly demonstrated its support for a ban on fracking as a means of safeguarding the main asset, good water.

If there is a need for more gas within Australia, then restrict the export.

Any member of parliament, state or federal, who fails to support a fracking ban is guaranteed to have a short political life.

Ken Grundy, Naracoorte

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