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Lake Eyre Basin

The rivers of the Lake Eyre Basin in Queensland are some of the last free-flowing desert rivers on earth. At the last two elections, the Queensland Government promised to protect the mighty floodplains of the Channel Country in the Lake Eyre Basin. But they haven’t delivered, and there are approvals to frack for oil and gas across 11 leases covering over 225,000 hectares of land. Read more....

NSW Coal Watch

The 14 proposed new coal expansions in New South Wales will create 2 billion tonnes of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions - which is 15 times the state’s current annual emissions. NSW can’t meet climate goals, and neither can Australia or the globe, if these mines go ahead. The NSW Premier and his Ministers can take action to ensure these projects do not go ahead.  Read more....

Northern Territory Fracking

Unconventional gas exploration and fracking is already underway in the Roper Gulf region of the Northern Territory, with a number of companies undertaking exploration drilling in the region. Read more....

Coal Mine Methane

Australia’s coal mines have a methane problem. In 2019, they released 68% of Australia’s methane emissions from the energy industry overall, making coal mines a larger contributor than both oil and gas. What’s more, new evidence suggests emissions are under-reported and are actually significantly higher than this. Read more...

Winchester South

The Winchester South Coal Project is a new open-cut thermal and metallurgical coal mine in Central Queensland proposed by Whitehaven Coal. The project’s EIS reveals it would mine up to 17 million tonnes of coal each year for 28 years. Read more....

Fracking the Kimberley

The Kimberley has some of the largest intact natural landscapes left in the world. It is also a culturally rich region, home to a living Aboriginal culture that is tens of thousands of years old. But this beautiful region has also been identified as having some of the largest untapped shale gas and tight sands gas reserves in the world. Read more....

Water is Life: Don't Frack Northern Australia

Fracking poses a massive risk to water – iconic Northern Territory water sources like the mighty Roper River and the recharge zones for the Mataranka Hot Springs are under threat, as is the Fitzroy River catchment in the Kimberley in Western Australia. 

But measures in place in national environmental laws to assess the impacts of gas drilling on water resources, do not apply to fracking in Northern Australia. That means there is no independent expert assessment of water impacts and no decision by the Federal Environment Minister. 

The Federal Labor Government promised before the last election to fix this gaping loophole, but they haven't delivered yet.  Traditional Owners and residents from across northern Australia are calling for urgent action to keep that promise.

Sign this petition to Environment Minister Plibersek today to get urgent reforms so that the impacts of gas fracking on water sources is independently assessed under national environment laws.

Dear Minister Plibersek,

Thank you for committing to expand the water trigger to cover shale and tight gas fracking as part of the national environmental law reforms.

However, we can’t wait until next year to get our water protected, because gas companies are pushing ahead to get gas production approvals this year.

We’re calling on you to bring forward the expanded water trigger now, so that the severe risk fracking poses to water is properly assessed by independent experts before any gas production occurs.

Please respect Territorians and West Australians who want the same protections for water that exist for east coast gas activities.

Signed sincerely,

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