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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
Helen Kulhanek
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David James
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Merry Robertson
Marigold Hayler
Virginnia Nuutinen
Daniel Forestier
Michele Olling
Ian Thomas
Diane Lawton
Samantha Gray
Carole Walsh
Freya Hadley
Linda Hillmann
William Statham
Graeme Bramwelk
Claudia Graham
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Showing 30 reactions

  • Helen Kulhanek
    signed 2023-08-29 18:08:27 +1000
    Come on Minister, you must have seen how the earth reacts when water resources are plundered : wide spread salination, disappearance of ground water are the worst results. Throughout history flourishing towns and cities have disappeared because of the rape of the countryside. Please read the latest book by Professor Frankopan to inform yourself. And also stop the rape of our water resources before the firms involved wreck the basic potential of our commonwealth. Thank you
  • Olive McIntosh
    signed 2023-08-29 18:08:14 +1000
  • Sylvana Bonaddio
    signed 2023-08-29 18:07:29 +1000
  • Michelle Huitt
    signed 2023-08-29 18:07:25 +1000
  • Neale Terrill
    signed 2023-08-29 18:07:21 +1000
  • Leo Bunyan
    signed 2023-08-29 18:07:17 +1000
  • David James
    signed 2023-08-29 18:07:09 +1000
    This is a must Minister; you need to urgently act to include independent analysis of frack waste water as a top level assessment criterion; the very least you can do and do immediately please.
  • Jean Xerri
    signed 2023-08-29 18:06:41 +1000
  • Hamish Newsham-West
    signed 2023-08-29 18:06:03 +1000
  • Merry Robertson
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:49 +1000
    Fracking is not valid anywhere… any time!
  • Marigold Hayler
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:43 +1000
    I don’t want to give my phone no
  • Virginnia Nuutinen
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:25 +1000
  • Daniel Forestier
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:19 +1000
    No more fracking, no more risk to our water and no mir destruction of the beautiful landscape, the nature people, animals and plants need for their survival
  • Michele Olling
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:13 +1000
  • Ian Thomas
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:10 +1000
  • Diane Lawton
    signed 2023-08-29 18:05:06 +1000
  • Samantha Gray
    signed 2023-08-29 18:04:37 +1000
  • Carole Walsh
    signed 2023-08-29 18:04:19 +1000
  • Freya Hadley
    signed 2023-08-29 18:04:15 +1000
  • Linda Hillmann
    signed 2023-08-29 18:03:56 +1000
  • William Statham
    signed 2023-08-29 18:03:21 +1000
  • Graeme Bramwelk
    signed 2023-08-29 18:03:21 +1000
  • Claudia Graham
    signed 2023-08-29 18:03:09 +1000
  • Bruce Prior
    signed 2023-08-29 18:02:45 +1000
    more of the greedy same
  • Saskia Hensen
    signed 2023-08-29 18:02:36 +1000
  • Domb Florian
    signed 2023-08-29 18:02:19 +1000
  • A Bunney
    signed 2023-08-29 18:02:08 +1000
  • Ninaz Moradkhani
    signed 2023-08-29 18:01:55 +1000
  • John Slater
    signed 2023-08-29 18:01:22 +1000
  • Susie Russell
    signed 2023-08-29 18:01:13 +1000
    Many people in fracking areas in the USA now very sick. Not to mention wildlife, rivers and the land itself. Irresponsible not to have this independently assessed.