The Civil Engineering and Construction Management Authority (CECMA) is calling on the public to share their stories with the organisation to raise awareness of the hazards of hydraulic fracturing.
CECMAS is the Government’s agency that runs schools, universities, businesses and many government bodies, as well as carrying out inspections, issuing permits and other work.
Its work is vital in ensuring the safety of public buildings and infrastructure, and is a key component of the government’s shale gas plan.
In the past year, it has been flooded with more than 1,500 reports of drilling, well construction and hydraulic fracturing in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia, including reports of hydraulic fracture, well damage and contamination of groundwater.
A spokesperson for CECMAS said the agency received an average of one report per week of potential seismic activity.
“We are constantly monitoring the condition of the well site, the health and well performance of the site and the risk posed by any drilling activity.”
In the event that there are issues, we seek the advice of the relevant local authority.
The CECMA also investigates any concerns raised by a community and encourages residents to report any concerns to their local council.
“In addition to the public, the organisation is also looking to the private sector for help.
It is looking for people to share information about the safety issues they have experienced with fracking, and the impacts they are having on their environment.
If you or anyone you know is concerned about fracking or any of the risks associated with the process, contact the organisation at 0800 040 632.