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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,

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  • 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.
  • Mary Reid
    signed 2023-08-29 18:00:52 +1000
  • Rose Dennis
    signed 2023-08-29 18:00:40 +1000
  • Ray Ison
    signed 2023-08-29 17:59:58 +1000
  • Robert Glasson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:59:44 +1000
  • Julie Smith
    signed 2023-08-29 17:59:18 +1000
  • John Edwards
    signed 2023-08-29 17:59:16 +1000
  • Graeme Curry
    signed 2023-08-29 17:59:12 +1000
  • Alan Tyrer
    signed 2023-08-29 17:58:57 +1000
  • Chris Jones
    signed 2023-08-29 17:58:22 +1000
  • Shane Bourke
    signed 2023-08-29 17:58:05 +1000
  • Graham Klerks
    signed 2023-08-29 17:57:20 +1000
  • Di Benson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:56:51 +1000
  • Louise Brown
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  • Shirley Hendy
    signed 2023-08-29 17:55:49 +1000
  • Andrew Lohrey
    signed 2023-08-29 17:55:46 +1000
  • Eleanor Edwards
    signed 2023-08-29 17:55:31 +1000
    Stop this nonsense now and protect our land and water
  • Chris Byrne
    signed 2023-08-29 17:55:26 +1000
  • Nicholas Shield
    signed 2023-08-29 17:55:14 +1000
  • Linda Johnson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:55:01 +1000
  • Peter Lambert
    signed 2023-08-29 17:54:43 +1000
    Tamboran, these guys are just cowboys and should not be allowed anywhere near water sources!
  • John Bilston
    signed 2023-08-29 17:54:36 +1000
    As a Labor voter, I am disappointed by your inaction on Environmental issues.
  • Diana Davis
    signed 2023-08-29 17:54:32 +1000
  • Stephanie Dean
    signed 2023-08-29 17:54:24 +1000
  • Rosemary McKenzie
    signed 2023-08-29 17:53:44 +1000
    Our water resources need urgent protection.
  • Nigel Dornan
    signed 2023-08-29 17:53:30 +1000
    The down side risk of fracking cannot be minimised
  • Hal Pawson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:53:05 +1000
  • Evan Leitch
    signed 2023-08-29 17:53:05 +1000
  • Barry Broomfield
    signed 2023-08-29 17:52:55 +1000