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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
Rebecca Freeman
Janet Fairlie-Cuninghame
E Stuebe
Mark Wilkins
Hilary Stewart
Jesse Gore
Jasmine Langdon
Kevin Levy
Vanessa Vladovich-Relia
Renee Doyle
River Streader
Ronald McMahon
Viola Ann Rosario
Sandra Sutalo
Malcolm Robins
Rebecca Cotton
Christa Avery
Alicia Ridsdale
Wendy Cox
Wendy Lacey
Lucy Carroll
Lyn Peucker
Mila Monaco
Claudia Barnes
Ariane Leondaridis
Darren Watts
Saurabh Arora
Elle Gee
Joanne Moylan
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Showing 30 reactions

  • Rebecca Freeman
    signed 2023-12-14 15:20:48 +1100
  • Janet Fairlie-Cuninghame
    signed 2023-12-14 15:05:04 +1100
  • E Stuebe
    signed 2023-12-14 14:27:42 +1100
    Fracking is a terrorist act against the environment and our fragile water systems. In the climate reality we find ourselves it has no place and needs to be banned outright.
  • Mark Wilkins
    signed 2023-12-14 14:10:36 +1100
  • Hilary Stewart
    signed 2023-12-13 13:03:43 +1100
    NT communities need water, not gas
  • Jesse Gore
    signed 2023-12-13 02:38:58 +1100
  • Jasmine Langdon
    signed 2023-12-11 09:51:57 +1100
  • Kevin Levy
    signed 2023-12-10 12:38:47 +1100
  • Vanessa Vladovich-Relia
    signed 2023-12-08 08:12:11 +1100
  • Renee Doyle
    signed via 2023-12-08 02:21:32 +1100
  • River Streader
    signed 2023-12-07 16:12:46 +1100
    Keep up the fight everyone!
  • Ronald McMahon
    signed 2023-12-07 08:47:41 +1100
  • Viola Ann Rosario
    signed 2023-12-06 20:17:20 +1100
  • Sandra Sutalo
    signed 2023-12-06 20:11:25 +1100
  • Malcolm Robins
    signed via 2023-12-06 20:05:14 +1100
  • Rebecca Cotton
    signed 2023-12-06 20:04:33 +1100
  • Christa Avery
    signed 2023-12-06 20:04:33 +1100
  • Alicia Ridsdale
    signed 2023-12-06 20:03:58 +1100
  • Wendy Cox
    signed 2023-12-05 15:42:30 +1100
  • Wendy Lacey
    signed 2023-12-05 13:09:38 +1100
  • Lucy Carroll
    signed 2023-12-04 11:02:11 +1100
  • Lyn Peucker
    signed 2023-12-03 22:30:05 +1100
  • Mila Monaco
    signed 2023-12-03 12:12:33 +1100
  • Claudia Barnes
    signed 2023-12-02 06:20:53 +1100
  • Ariane Leondaridis
    signed 2023-12-01 16:05:15 +1100
  • Darren Watts
    signed 2023-12-01 15:10:36 +1100
  • Saurabh Arora
    signed 2023-12-01 13:52:37 +1100
  • Elle Gee
    signed 2023-12-01 07:01:16 +1100
    Once the artesian basin is polluted- it is too late- please protect our precious water now.
  • Joanne Moylan
    signed 2023-11-30 21:32:39 +1100
  • Cameron Whiley
    signed 2023-11-30 20:33:03 +1100
    you don’t want me to sign ? Can’t fill in my postcode