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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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Roy Bishop
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Dorothy Young
Chez Lyndon
Karen OReilly
Michael Houston
Peter Temby
Buzz Rainbow Wolf
Emma Grantham
Rosemary Storey
Patrick Bonne
Donna Walmsley
Mick Abberley
Lynn Sitsky
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Daphne Mitchell
AlexOonagh Redmond
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  • Roy Bishop
    signed 2023-08-29 17:17:27 +1000
  • Dianne Malagas
    signed 2023-08-29 17:17:21 +1000
  • Lyn Coskun
    signed 2023-08-29 17:17:07 +1000
  • Marcus Percy
    signed 2023-08-29 17:16:56 +1000
  • Yvonne Yates
    signed 2023-08-29 17:16:56 +1000
    I am trully disappointed in the stance of the minister and as whole of the Labor government, they are unfortunately mirroring the previous government, once they gain power the endeavour to serve the big corporations not the people that supported them, shameful
  • Lee Doyle
    signed 2023-08-29 17:16:50 +1000
  • Fran Murrell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:16:48 +1000
  • Janine Bush
    signed 2023-08-29 17:16:38 +1000
  • Joe McDonnell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:16:03 +1000
  • Rosemary Morrow OAM
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:46 +1000
    This is a criminal offence against present and future generations.
  • Peter Mckenzie
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:41 +1000
  • Frennie Beytagh f
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:31 +1000
  • Dorothy Young
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:29 +1000
    Fracking has ruined water tables right across the United States. Why is the Labor government promoting fracking in Queensland too.
  • Chez Lyndon
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:29 +1000
  • Karen OReilly
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:21 +1000
  • Michael Houston
    signed 2023-08-29 17:15:20 +1000
  • Peter Temby
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:59 +1000
  • Buzz Rainbow Wolf
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:52 +1000
  • Emma Grantham
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:43 +1000
  • Rosemary Storey
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:40 +1000
  • Patrick Bonne
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:35 +1000
  • Donna Walmsley
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:35 +1000
  • Mick Abberley
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:34 +1000
  • Lynn Sitsky
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:33 +1000
  • Peter Brosnan
    signed 2023-08-29 17:14:26 +1000
  • Daphne Mitchell
    signed 2023-08-29 17:13:59 +1000
    This behaviour has to cease!!! There needs to be a cessation of drilling… There is only one earth & we are polluting and destroying it !!
  • AlexOonagh Redmond
    signed 2023-08-29 17:13:25 +1000
  • Jan Goddard
    signed 2023-08-29 17:13:23 +1000
  • Colin Brokenshire
    signed 2023-08-29 17:13:07 +1000
  • Joshua Jennings
    signed 2023-08-29 17:12:22 +1000