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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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Beth Charleston
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Ken Gooding
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Gloria Claus
Lyn Allen
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Mary Wade
Gerry Drew
Linda Burgess
Darren Ferris
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Margaret Haenke
Daniel Francis
Kristin Dawson
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  • Beth Charleston
    signed 2023-12-21 13:46:34 +1100
  • John Ray Ray
    signed 2023-12-21 13:36:09 +1100
  • Joe Boin
    signed 2023-12-21 13:28:25 +1100
    Fracking risks the immediate environment, the gas damages the global environment. Why do it? Corporate profits are not as important as people
  • Melissa Cooper
    signed 2023-12-21 13:22:47 +1100
  • Ken Gooding
    signed 2023-12-21 13:07:41 +1100
  • Bronwyn Baillie
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  • George Fraser
    signed 2023-12-21 13:02:38 +1100
  • Andrew McGlashan
    signed 2023-12-21 12:56:00 +1100
  • Gloria Claus
    signed 2023-12-21 12:55:27 +1100
  • Lyn Allen
    signed 2023-12-21 12:44:10 +1100
  • Joseph Philippa
    signed 2023-12-21 12:43:41 +1100
  • Julie Lindner
    signed 2023-12-21 12:38:21 +1100
  • Mary Wade
    signed 2023-12-21 12:32:42 +1100
  • Gerry Drew
    signed 2023-12-21 12:25:13 +1100
  • Linda Burgess
    signed 2023-12-21 12:24:47 +1100
  • Darren Ferris
    signed 2023-12-21 12:24:31 +1100
  • Lindsay Sheppard
    signed 2023-12-21 12:20:27 +1100
  • Margaret Haenke
    signed 2023-12-21 12:17:18 +1100
  • Daniel Francis
    signed 2023-12-21 12:15:53 +1100
  • Kristin Dawson
    signed 2023-12-21 12:15:25 +1100
  • Dorje Hall
    signed 2023-12-21 12:14:18 +1100
  • Kevin Hill
    signed 2023-12-21 12:10:22 +1100
  • Caroline Lurie
    signed 2023-12-21 12:08:05 +1100
  • Sue McCarthy
    signed 2023-12-21 12:06:44 +1100
  • Yves Papin
    signed 2023-12-21 12:01:25 +1100
    Thank you for acting against fracking Australia
  • Rosemary Knight
    signed 2023-12-21 11:55:01 +1100
  • Dee Whyte
    signed 2023-12-21 11:54:44 +1100
  • Clare Gordon-Thomson
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  • John Paul
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  • Jillian Verhardt
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