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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
Joanna Tippett
Greta Werner
Dennis Stabler
Marc Bell
Kevin Harbison
Dan Caffrey
Lydia Waymouth
Geoff Shapland
Bianca McIntyre
Mark Munro
Spiro Aretoulis
Bruce Hockley
Louise Harrison
Laraine Bunt
Derek Tys
Felicity Briggs
Judy Robinson
Beatrice Harris
Catherine Connor
Dean Frye
Penny Cooke
Brian Donnelly
Matilda Fittock
Simon Clarke
Kim Hardeman
Cara Clark
Andrew Connor
Bob Quigg
Kate Blamey (lock the gate)
Rosemary Mattingley

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  • Joanna Tippett
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:20 +1000
    10,000 penguins last week. Now more trouble- but why!!?
  • Greta Werner
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:20 +1000
  • Dennis Stabler
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:16 +1000
    ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE TO SERVE THE PEOPLE!!!!
  • Marc Bell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:09 +1000
  • Kevin Harbison
    signed 2023-08-29 17:44:02 +1000
  • Dan Caffrey
    signed 2023-08-29 17:43:48 +1000
    Mataranka is too precious to risk
  • Lydia Waymouth
    signed 2023-08-29 17:43:42 +1000
  • Geoff Shapland
    signed 2023-08-29 17:43:39 +1000
  • Bianca McIntyre
    signed 2023-08-29 17:43:35 +1000
  • Mark Munro
    signed 2023-08-29 17:42:50 +1000
  • Spiro Aretoulis
    signed 2023-08-29 17:42:09 +1000
  • Bruce Hockley
    signed 2023-08-29 17:41:51 +1000
  • Louise Harrison
    signed 2023-08-29 17:41:12 +1000
  • Laraine Bunt
    signed 2023-08-29 17:40:56 +1000
  • Derek Tys
    signed 2023-08-29 17:40:56 +1000
  • Felicity Briggs
    signed 2023-08-29 17:40:50 +1000
  • Judy Robinson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:40:49 +1000
  • Beatrice Harris
    signed 2023-08-29 17:40:28 +1000
  • Catherine Connor
    signed 2023-08-29 17:40:16 +1000
  • Dean Frye
    signed 2023-08-29 17:39:47 +1000
    This is insane. For gods sake, why is the environment always last …
  • Penny Cooke
    signed 2023-08-29 17:39:46 +1000
  • Brian Donnelly
    signed 2023-08-29 17:39:29 +1000
  • Matilda Fittock
    signed 2023-08-29 17:39:17 +1000
  • Simon Clarke
    signed 2023-08-29 17:39:00 +1000
  • Kim Hardeman
    signed 2023-08-29 17:38:59 +1000
  • Cara Clark
    signed 2023-08-29 17:38:45 +1000
  • Andrew Connor
    signed 2023-08-29 17:38:36 +1000
  • Bob Quigg
    signed 2023-08-29 17:38:13 +1000
  • Kate Blamey (lock the gate)
    signed 2023-08-29 17:38:07 +1000
  • Rosemary Mattingley
    signed 2023-08-29 17:37:58 +1000