NT Water Act amendment to give fracking companies free pass to pollute water

Published: September 19, 2018

Mining and fracking companies could be given an exemption allowing them to pollute water across entire exploration permit areas in the Northern Territory if draft changes to the NT Water Act are not rewritten to remove significant loopholes.

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Special Deal for Adani to take 12.5 Billion Litres of River Water Without Assessment

Published: September 18, 2018

Lock the Gate says a decision by the Federal Environment Minister yesterday to allow Adani to take 12.5 billion litres of river water without any assessment of its water impacts is an appalling and dangerous move at a time of severe drought.

The Minister has made a decision not to apply the water trigger under federal environment laws to Adani’s North Galilee Water Scheme project, despite it planning to take 12.5 billion litres of water each year and pipe it 110km to run the Carmichael coal mine.

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Scourges of the bush: fire risk and salt waste in agency submissions to Santos’ Narrabri coal seam gas project

Published: September 18, 2018

The Rural Fire Service and the Environmental Protection Agency have raised serious concerns about Santos’ controversial coal seam gasfield at Narrabri, validating community fears that the gasfield will bring two of the worst scourges of the bush - salt and fire.

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Strong support for Flinders Ranges Traditional Owners opposing underground coal gasification

Published: September 12, 2018

Traditional Owners are demanding the South Australian Premier put an end to underground coal gasification (UCG), which threatens to put sacred sites of the Flinders Rangers at risk of toxic contamination

 

The Traditional Owners have the support of scientists and 13 community groups, including Doctors for the Environment Australia and Lock the Gate Alliance, who have signed on to a letter from the Traditional Owners to the Premier.

 

The Anggumathahna Camp Law Mob Elders, Aroona Aboriginal Council, and the Adnyamathanha Yura Language and Heritage Association have written to the Premier, following the state government’s approval of UCG at Leigh Creek.

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Calls to make fracking inquiry report public as it is handed to government

Published: September 12, 2018

Lock the Gate Alliance has called for the final report of the WA Fracking Inquiry to be released to the public without delay.

The inquiry’s report was handed to the government today.

A spokesperson for Lock the Gate in WA Jane Hammond said the issue of fracking was of major public interest.

“The findings of the fracking inquiry should be open to debate and public discussion prior to any decision being made by the State Government on lifting the current fracking moratorium covering much of the state,” Ms Hammond said.

 

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