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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
Joy Shepperd
Bruce Hogben
Aren Kae
Cyd Fenwick
Annette Morris
Thomas Clarke
Alan Clarkson
Shirley Cairns
Caroline Sévilla
Tony Poynton
Pirkko Karvinen
Leanda Sulman
Irena Boydell
Ross Geaney
Jon Greening
Catherine Campbell
Susan Patrick
Steven Chater
Robert knight
Marguerite Winter
Peter Belyea
Laraine Spindler
Lin Mcclintock
Cyril Andrews
Roslyn Irwin
Steve Hall
Leo Tognella
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Emily Baker
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  • Joy Shepperd
    signed 2023-08-29 17:09:31 +1000
  • Bruce Hogben
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  • Aren Kae
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  • Cyd Fenwick
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  • Annette Morris
    signed 2023-08-29 17:08:45 +1000
  • Thomas Clarke
    signed 2023-08-29 17:08:39 +1000
    This last-gasp attempt to prolong the life of fossil fuels in this country will be the ultimate death knell of our environment, artesian water resources and ultimately ourselves and the planet. Future generations will curse us and you in particular for allowing this crime to perpetuate. And for what??
  • Alan Clarkson
    signed 2023-08-29 17:08:38 +1000
  • Shirley Cairns
    signed 2023-08-29 17:08:28 +1000
  • Caroline Sévilla
    signed 2023-08-29 17:08:26 +1000
  • Tony Poynton
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  • Pirkko Karvinen
    signed 2023-08-29 17:08:22 +1000
  • Leanda Sulman
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  • Jon Greening
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  • Catherine Campbell
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  • Susan Patrick
    signed 2023-08-29 17:07:43 +1000
  • Steven Chater
    signed 2023-08-29 17:07:39 +1000
  • Robert knight
    signed 2023-08-29 17:07:28 +1000
    Government STOP YOU WILL FUCK EVERYTHING UP THEM PUBLIC WILL BE ONES TO PAY BETTER STILL HOLD MILLIONS OF GOVERNMENTS PERSONAL PENSIONS AND THIRE SUERS SO THEY PAY FOR THERE CHOICE
  • Marguerite Winter
    signed 2023-08-29 17:07:28 +1000
  • Peter Belyea
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  • Laraine Spindler
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  • Lin Mcclintock
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  • Cyril Andrews
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  • Roslyn Irwin
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  • Leo Tognella
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  • James Cruz
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  • Emily Baker
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  • Debra Rosicky
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