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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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Caroline Lurie
Suzanne McCarthy
Yves Papin
Rosemary Knight
Dee Whyte
Clare Gordon-Thomson
John Paul
Jillian Verhardt
Michael Crofts
Barbara Hall
Martine Holberton
Boyd Hore
Russell Dessaix-Chin
William Wright
Regina Eberle Riedl
Sue Murray
Dr Duncan Rouch
Margaret Brown
Sanjay Sircar
Jelica Roland
Geoff Leaudais
Heather McDonald
Diane Purchall
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  • Caroline Lurie
    signed 2023-12-21 12:08:05 +1100
  • Suzanne 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
    signed 2023-12-21 11:53:18 +1100
  • John Paul
    signed 2023-12-21 11:41:58 +1100
  • Jillian Verhardt
    signed 2023-12-21 11:40:40 +1100
  • Michael Crofts
    signed 2023-12-21 11:39:09 +1100
  • Barbara Hall
    signed 2023-12-21 11:38:36 +1100
  • Martine Holberton
    signed 2023-12-21 11:29:26 +1100
  • Boyd Hore
    signed 2023-12-21 11:21:30 +1100
  • Russell Dessaix-Chin
    signed 2023-12-21 11:20:01 +1100
  • William Wright
    signed 2023-12-21 11:14:44 +1100
  • Regina Eberle Riedl
    signed 2023-12-21 11:09:50 +1100
  • Sue Murray
    signed 2023-12-21 11:08:53 +1100
    Stop any fracking in the NT or elsewhere, please. We need to become much more proactive about abetting climate change.
  • Dr Duncan Rouch
    signed 2023-12-21 11:07:47 +1100
    We shall not further degrade the environment, as a further risk to extinction of flora and fauna, as well as a health risk to us humans.
  • Margaret Brown
    signed 2023-12-21 11:06:49 +1100
    I voted Labor at the last election because I believed a Labor government would prevent future fracking in our wilderness areas. Please do the job you were voted in for and STOP gas companies from exploiting Northern Australia. There is an URGENT need to get out of fossil fuels – worldwide. Just DO IT!
  • Sanjay Sircar
    signed 2023-12-21 11:03:47 +1100
  • Jelica Roland
    signed 2023-12-21 11:00:48 +1100
  • Geoff Leaudais
    signed 2023-12-21 11:00:00 +1100
  • Heather McDonald
    signed 2023-12-21 10:59:27 +1100
  • Diane Purchall
    signed 2023-12-21 10:58:42 +1100
  • Dianne Lynch
    signed 2023-12-21 10:52:10 +1100
  • John Robson
    signed 2023-12-21 10:51:25 +1100
  • Ken Sewell
    signed 2023-12-21 10:49:47 +1100
  • Carolina rodriguez
    signed 2023-12-21 10:45:02 +1100
  • Kay Howard
    signed 2023-12-21 10:44:34 +1100
  • Barry Kemp
    signed 2023-12-21 10:43:24 +1100
  • Sandra Sutherland
    signed 2023-12-21 10:43:10 +1100