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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
Simone Bradbury
Susan Austin
Trevor Blatchford
Joan Cootes
Stephen Smith
(Dr) John Cunningham
liz cameron
Vicky Rusina
Ros Marshall
Diane Sutton
Greg Barrett
Jennifer Brewer
Jayne Clarke
Rupert Macgregor
Patti Pennisi
Thomas Luck
Ruth Schmid
Robyn Bushell
Elizabeth Humphreys
Justine Malingrey
Bob Doyle
John Davis
Rod Kashubin
Peita Calvert
Ilze Gorell
Angelika Knoerzer
Brian Wilcock
Laura Best
Don Kerr
Michael de Mol

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Showing 30 reactions

  • Simone Bradbury
    signed 2023-12-22 09:49:52 +1100
    Australia is the driest continent on earth… we can’t drink gas! Water is our MOST precious resource!
  • Susan Austin
    signed 2023-12-22 09:43:45 +1100
  • Trevor Blatchford
    signed 2023-12-22 08:57:24 +1100
  • Joan Cootes
    signed 2023-12-22 08:54:35 +1100
  • Stephen Smith
    signed 2023-12-22 08:31:36 +1100
    The Federal government must be held accountable for the promises they made
  • (Dr) John Cunningham
    signed 2023-12-22 08:21:46 +1100
  • liz cameron
    signed 2023-12-22 07:57:08 +1100
  • Vicky Rusina
    signed 2023-12-22 07:37:12 +1100
  • Ros Marshall
    signed 2023-12-22 07:29:01 +1100
  • Diane Sutton
    signed 2023-12-22 04:15:09 +1100
  • Greg Barrett
    signed 2023-12-22 02:31:51 +1100
  • Jennifer Brewer
    signed 2023-12-21 23:11:04 +1100
  • Jayne Clarke
    signed 2023-12-21 22:56:29 +1100
  • Rupert Macgregor
    signed 2023-12-21 22:27:04 +1100
  • Patti Pennisi
    signed 2023-12-21 22:26:49 +1100
  • Thomas Luck
    signed 2023-12-21 21:54:53 +1100
  • Ruth Schmid
    signed 2023-12-21 21:39:18 +1100
  • Robyn Bushell
    signed 2023-12-21 21:28:54 +1100
    not ethical – not fair – overdue action and reforms essential
  • Elizabeth Humphreys
    signed 2023-12-21 21:02:25 +1100
  • Justine Malingrey
    signed 2023-12-21 20:49:51 +1100
  • Bob Doyle
    signed 2023-12-21 20:47:15 +1100
  • John Davis
    signed 2023-12-21 20:10:24 +1100
  • Rod Kashubin
    signed 2023-12-21 19:59:36 +1100
  • Peita Calvert
    signed 2023-12-21 19:19:02 +1100
  • Ilze Gorell
    signed 2023-12-21 19:08:42 +1100
  • Angelika Knoerzer
    signed 2023-12-21 18:48:54 +1100
  • Brian Wilcock
    signed 2023-12-21 18:16:45 +1100
  • Laura Best
    signed 2023-12-21 18:06:40 +1100
  • Don Kerr
    signed 2023-12-21 18:03:47 +1100
  • Michael de Mol
    signed 2023-12-21 17:45:05 +1100