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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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Stephen Debus
Rupert Russell
Jill Hawthorn
Kathryn Lai
Chris Emery
Robert Larking
Tony Convey
Mark Barden
Isobel Waters
Robert Osborne
Rick Cavicchioli
Graham Slaughter
Barry Hunter
Jane Scott
Felicity Crombach
Karen Wilkinson
Maureen Howland
Lois Stubley
Vivienne Loughmiller
Hendrik Grundling
Mark Taylor
Associate Professor Robyn Thompson OAM
Michelle Murch
Jennie Wiles
Kim MacPherson
Christine Hartley
Rob Clifton
Sharon Whitbourn
Jim Grubb
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Showing 30 reactions

  • Stephen Debus
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:57 +1000
  • Rupert Russell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:50 +1000
  • Jill Hawthorn
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:49 +1000
  • Kathryn Lai
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:47 +1000
  • Chris Emery
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:46 +1000
  • Robert Larking
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:44 +1000
  • Tony Convey
    signed 2023-08-29 17:22:13 +1000
  • Mark Barden
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:53 +1000
    Fracking is our new Prozac – does no harm now (?) but will in the future.
  • Isobel Waters
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:43 +1000
  • Robert Osborne
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:37 +1000
  • Rick Cavicchioli
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:30 +1000
  • Graham Slaughter
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:14 +1000
  • Barry Hunter
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:12 +1000
  • Jane Scott
    signed 2023-08-29 17:21:02 +1000
  • Felicity Crombach
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:42 +1000
  • Karen Wilkinson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:41 +1000
  • Maureen Howland
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:38 +1000
  • Lois Stubley
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:36 +1000
    They know this is wrong – fix it!!
  • Vivienne Loughmiller
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:29 +1000
    .why is fracking allowed at all when there is a push to renewables rather than fossil fuels. Fracking is so dangerous despite all the hype about it being safe. Using chemicals to extract shale gas is NOT environmentally friendly or viable
  • Hendrik Grundling
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:10 +1000
  • Mark Taylor
    signed 2023-08-29 17:20:06 +1000
  • Associate Professor Robyn Thompson OAM
    signed 2023-08-29 17:19:52 +1000
    Irresponsible Fracking please stop. Where is the Duty of Care from the people who Frack? Why do careless people want to affect the lives and healthy living of the local people? Who is responsible and accountable for Fracking?
  • Michelle Murch
    signed 2023-08-29 17:19:50 +1000
  • Jennie Wiles
    signed 2023-08-29 17:19:21 +1000
  • Kim MacPherson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:19:08 +1000
  • Christine Hartley
    signed 2023-08-29 17:18:37 +1000
  • Rob Clifton
    signed 2023-08-29 17:18:21 +1000
  • Sharon Whitbourn
    signed 2023-08-29 17:18:15 +1000
    Have we learned nothing from disastrous poisonings of soil and water around the world. Chemical fracking should be totally outlawed!!
  • Jim Grubb
    signed 2023-08-29 17:18:15 +1000
  • Peter Sainsbury
    signed 2023-08-29 17:18:15 +1000