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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
Marie Bellino
Angela Munro
Penny Rosier
Ben Stafford
Ilona Kanarisc
Luke Wood
Kathryn Bourke
Bridget Carty
Nigel Howard
Jenny Kerr
Jocelyn Banks
Erwan Quelennec
Rob Jack
Diamond J Legend
Rod Chessell
Ros Cooper
Jordan Ostrick
Colleen Sim
Eric Taylor
Gail Staples
Ross Edmonds
Barry Robson
Sharon Budden
K Lyndsay
Peter Coughlan
Julie Power
Linda Cottle
Debra White
Meret MacDonald
Gillian Abraham

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Showing 30 reactions

  • Marie Bellino
    signed 2023-08-29 17:52:38 +1000
  • Angela Munro
    signed 2023-08-29 17:52:34 +1000
  • Penny Rosier
    signed 2023-08-29 17:52:03 +1000
    Water is extremely precious in this dry continent of ours and we cannot afford to compromise it in quantity or quality. The often referred to ’world’s best practice’ is meaningless in this context as fracking has always been found to damage underground water.
  • Ben Stafford
    signed 2023-08-29 17:51:48 +1000
  • Ilona Kanarisc
    signed 2023-08-29 17:51:47 +1000
  • Luke Wood
    signed 2023-08-29 17:51:37 +1000
    Fracking has destroyed drinkng water in America. Do what you know is right and BAN FRACKING at all costs before we have no water to drink.
  • Kathryn Bourke
    signed 2023-08-29 17:50:54 +1000
  • Bridget Carty
    signed 2023-08-29 17:50:46 +1000
  • Nigel Howard
    signed 2023-08-29 17:50:31 +1000
  • Jenny Kerr
    signed 2023-08-29 17:50:15 +1000
  • Jocelyn Banks
    signed 2023-08-29 17:49:50 +1000
    Please do the decent thing, and protect our environment.

    The environment needs us, it cannot protect itself.
  • Erwan Quelennec
    signed 2023-08-29 17:49:34 +1000
  • Rob Jack
    signed 2023-08-29 17:49:31 +1000
    Why aren’t all drilling operations within ground water catchment areas subject to strict audited environmental conditions? It is useless to demand comprehensive environmental assessments prior to licence approval, only to walk away once operations commence. It is unacceptable to expect that the operator or associated contractors will report any but most major non compliance.
  • Diamond J Legend
    signed 2023-08-29 17:49:28 +1000
  • Rod Chessell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:49:14 +1000
    You are complete Muppets with this callous disregard for the calamitous irrepairable loss of CLEAN LIFE GIVING WATER of which Australia has VERY little at ALL . Your blatant ignorance of THIS `fracking`Malpractice as seen ALL over THE USA . THAT has been Well documented .!!! UNBELIEVABLE!!! A curse on you and your unscrupulous ilk

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHY good folk are voting YES to the VOICE.

    STOP POISONING AUSTRALIA with USA GREED !!
  • Ros Cooper
    signed 2023-08-29 17:48:57 +1000
  • Jordan Ostrick
    signed 2023-08-29 17:48:38 +1000
  • Colleen Sim
    signed 2023-08-29 17:47:53 +1000
    Really, I’m over these companies. Low life!
  • Eric Taylor
    signed 2023-08-29 17:47:49 +1000
  • Gail Staples
    signed 2023-08-29 17:47:47 +1000
  • Ross Edmonds
    signed 2023-08-29 17:47:09 +1000
  • Barry Robson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:46:54 +1000
  • Sharon Budden
    signed 2023-08-29 17:46:16 +1000
    Stop messing with our water supply
  • K Lyndsay
    signed 2023-08-29 17:45:52 +1000
  • Peter Coughlan
    signed 2023-08-29 17:45:21 +1000
  • Julie Power
    signed 2023-08-29 17:45:12 +1000
  • Linda Cottle
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:34 +1000
  • Debra White
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:33 +1000
  • Meret MacDonald
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:28 +1000
  • Gillian Abraham
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:23 +1000