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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
Natalie Elliott
Sofahnya Olsen
Peter Bee
Annamaria Santin-Hull
Ruth O'Reilly
Adrian Ingleby
Pamela Lee
Ruth Harvey
Roger Green
John Curtis
Phillip Whitney
Lone Petrov
Penelope Forlano
David von Pein
Wendy and John Chammen
Carlo Colosimo
stephen harrop
Sheri Lochner
Gwen Stanyer
Ruth Canty
Cherie Juhasz
Murray Shields
Christine Barker
Stuart D’Astol
Kim Zegenhagen
Trisha Campbell
John Kinch
Efi Sutton
Pennie Scott
Judy Best

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Showing 30 reactions

  • Natalie Elliott
    signed 2023-08-29 17:37:32 +1000
    As a former (and probably future) resident of the NT, I cannot fathom that Minister Plibersek is STILL a willing participant in fracking and the damage it causes
  • Sofahnya Olsen
    signed 2023-08-29 17:37:30 +1000
  • Peter Bee
    signed 2023-08-29 17:37:18 +1000
  • Annamaria Santin-Hull
    signed 2023-08-29 17:37:01 +1000
    We should not allow companies to self regulate. They need to be made accountable by random and external bodies that take complaints and act on them immediately.
  • Ruth O'Reilly
    signed 2023-08-29 17:36:59 +1000
  • Adrian Ingleby
    signed 2023-08-29 17:36:27 +1000
  • Pamela Lee
    signed 2023-08-29 17:36:20 +1000
  • Ruth Harvey
    signed 2023-08-29 17:36:19 +1000
  • Roger Green
    signed 2023-08-29 17:36:08 +1000
  • John Curtis
    signed 2023-08-29 17:36:05 +1000
  • Phillip Whitney
    signed 2023-08-29 17:35:20 +1000
  • Lone Petrov
    signed 2023-08-29 17:35:18 +1000
    Please do your job and protect our precious environment. It is too late to say sorry once it is destroyed.
  • Penelope Forlano
    signed 2023-08-29 17:35:11 +1000
  • David von Pein
    signed 2023-08-29 17:35:06 +1000
  • Wendy and John Chammen
    signed 2023-08-29 17:34:17 +1000
  • Carlo Colosimo
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:56 +1000
  • stephen harrop
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:51 +1000
  • Sheri Lochner
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:41 +1000
  • Gwen Stanyer
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:39 +1000
  • Ruth Canty
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:30 +1000
  • Cherie Juhasz
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:18 +1000
  • Murray Shields
    signed 2023-08-29 17:33:12 +1000
  • Christine Barker
    signed 2023-08-29 17:32:56 +1000
    6169
  • Stuart D’Astol
    signed 2023-08-29 17:32:47 +1000
  • Kim Zegenhagen
    signed 2023-08-29 17:32:35 +1000
  • Trisha Campbell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:32:11 +1000
    This affects every Australian. What’s holding this up
  • John Kinch
    signed 2023-08-29 17:32:07 +1000
  • Efi Sutton
    signed 2023-08-29 17:32:05 +1000
  • Pennie Scott
    signed 2023-08-29 17:31:59 +1000
  • Judy Best
    signed 2023-08-29 17:31:58 +1000