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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,

Who's signing
Mark Selmes
Kimberly Wiley
Fiona Edwards
Greg Warwick
Debbie Bartlett
Sherrie Collins
Linda Chapman
Valerie Hathaway
Peter Lord
Richard Lee
Lara Matthews
Veda Turner
Geoffrey Nelson
Jan James
Jeanette Vickers
Hannah Reid
Gina Twyble
Bridie Slattery
Eva Docekalova
John Jeayes
Nicole Rietmann
Kay Hage
Jono Farmer
Nors Elder
Lisabeth Finn
Rob Anderson
William Dudley
Rudolf Vacl
Irene Wildenberg-Palmer
Monika Mertiny

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Showing 30 reactions

  • Mark Selmes
    signed 2023-11-18 20:37:55 +1100
  • Kimberly Wiley
    signed 2023-11-18 20:30:17 +1100
  • Fiona Edwards
    signed 2023-11-18 19:18:34 +1100
  • Greg Warwick
    signed 2023-11-18 19:09:36 +1100
  • Debbie Bartlett
    signed 2023-11-18 18:43:51 +1100
  • Sherrie Collins
    signed 2023-11-18 17:52:58 +1100
  • Linda Chapman
    signed 2023-11-18 17:40:55 +1100
  • Valerie Hathaway
    signed 2023-11-18 17:32:22 +1100
  • Peter Lord
    signed 2023-11-18 17:22:09 +1100
  • Richard Lee
    signed 2023-11-18 17:21:22 +1100
  • Lara Matthews
    signed 2023-11-18 17:12:37 +1100
    We can see you Tanya.. we are watching

    Protect the land and stop raping our resources to fund off shore business!!

    Water is Life! Where’s the ‘voice’ & all that good intent now??

    It’s not about that is it? It’s about control of OUR LAND .. and Aussies won’t cop it
  • Veda Turner
    signed 2023-11-18 16:57:25 +1100
  • Geoffrey Nelson
    signed 2023-11-18 16:51:10 +1100
  • Jan James
    signed 2023-11-18 16:48:28 +1100
  • Jeanette Vickers
    signed 2023-11-18 16:45:52 +1100
  • Hannah Reid
    signed 2023-11-18 16:34:15 +1100
  • Gina Twyble
    signed 2023-11-18 16:33:50 +1100
  • Bridie Slattery
    signed 2023-11-18 16:18:58 +1100
    Just stop
  • Eva Docekalova
    signed via 2023-11-18 16:12:08 +1100
  • John Jeayes
    signed 2023-11-18 16:03:00 +1100
  • Nicole Rietmann
    signed 2023-11-18 15:59:24 +1100
  • Kay Hage
    signed 2023-11-18 15:44:09 +1100
    I understand it’s a long road to replacing fossil fuels with green energy’s but fracking wil not bennifit Australia , it directly attackes our ability to protect our water resources this country is one on the driest continents in the world, water must be on the top of any list to protect & preserve

    Please, don’t Frack any part of Australia listen to the people & the science not big buiness
  • Jono Farmer
    signed 2023-11-18 15:35:21 +1100
  • Nors Elder
    signed 2023-11-18 15:30:06 +1100
  • Lisabeth Finn
    signed 2023-11-18 15:18:24 +1100
    Fracking is madness, the ongoing insanity that is causing so many problems in our natural world which we are dependent on to survive.
  • Rob Anderson
    signed 2023-11-18 15:14:46 +1100
  • William Dudley
    signed 2023-11-18 14:56:34 +1100
  • Rudolf Vacl
    signed 2023-11-18 14:36:24 +1100
  • Irene Wildenberg-Palmer
    signed 2023-11-18 14:30:19 +1100
  • Monika Mertiny
    signed 2023-11-18 14:08:03 +1100