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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
Sue Carland
Susan Sint Nicolaas
Kate Marshall
Maria Barbagallo
Loretta Picone
Tanya Mottl
Martin Oliver
Barbara Fitzpatrick
Beverley Tersteeg
Maria Marzella
Chris Fraser
Ainslie Wade
Ian Spiller
Kylee Blackwell
Margaret Clough
Phillip Fennamore
Rick Martin
Dermod Kavanagh
Daniel Cox
Grace Barron
Melusine Brosse
Victoria Pitel
Annette Joy
Joy Julian
Cheryl Styles
Mark Selmes
Kimberly Wiley
Fiona Edwards
Greg Warwick

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  • Sue Carland
    signed 2023-11-29 17:33:21 +1100
  • Susan Sint Nicolaas
    signed 2023-11-29 17:24:06 +1100
  • Kate Marshall
    signed 2023-11-28 13:13:04 +1100
    Dear Minister, having been to the NT many times on camping trips and spent time getting to know the bush communities, our government must provide different ways of economic support and empowerment to them rather than allowing fracking and its profits to drain our resources. To meet our climate targets we must keep fossil fuels in the ground and the government must do more to encourage and support renewable projects that will benefit all of us, including bush communities in the NT.
  • Maria Barbagallo
    signed 2023-11-27 08:42:35 +1100
  • Loretta Picone
    signed via 2023-11-27 07:13:59 +1100
  • Tanya Mottl
    signed 2023-11-26 16:00:59 +1100
    Please, it seems fairly obvious that it’s not a good idea! Water is too precious a commodity to jeapordise surely?
  • Martin Oliver
    signed via 2023-11-26 15:07:31 +1100
  • Barbara Fitzpatrick
    signed via 2023-11-26 06:17:09 +1100
  • Beverley Tersteeg
    signed 2023-11-24 16:42:42 +1100
  • Maria Marzella
    signed via 2023-11-24 15:23:00 +1100
  • Chris Fraser
    signed 2023-11-23 20:10:10 +1100
    Just do it already
  • Ainslie Wade
    signed 2023-11-23 13:52:00 +1100
  • Ian Spiller
    signed 2023-11-23 03:29:17 +1100
    What the Frack!
  • Kylee Blackwell
    signed 2023-11-22 06:52:11 +1100
  • Margaret Clough
    signed 2023-11-21 15:34:38 +1100
  • Phillip Fennamore
    signed 2023-11-21 10:36:34 +1100
  • Rick Martin
    signed 2023-11-21 08:55:39 +1100
  • Dermod Kavanagh
    signed via 2023-11-20 23:02:25 +1100
  • Daniel Cox
    signed 2023-11-20 19:03:22 +1100
  • Grace Barron
    signed 2023-11-20 18:43:05 +1100
  • Melusine Brosse
    signed 2023-11-20 18:38:50 +1100
  • Victoria Pitel
    signed 2023-11-20 08:11:16 +1100
  • Annette Joy
    signed 2023-11-19 15:10:06 +1100
    Fracking has proven so disastrous, so impossibly ever to be considered sustainable, so permantley environmentally destructive that it should be deemed a criminal act with such severe penalties so it is never even considered a possibility. For any government of any country to allow it only proves that government is completely broken.
  • Joy Julian
    signed 2023-11-19 11:10:38 +1100
    Fracking should stop now. We cannot afford to continue this dangerous practice on the driest continent on earth.
  • Holroyd
    signed 2023-11-19 06:37:21 +1100
  • Cheryl Styles
    signed 2023-11-19 03:00:39 +1100
    Most important thing is protecting our clean safe water. That’s what sustains our entire environment and all living things. In protecting our water we protect ourselves!
  • Mark Selmes
    signed 2023-11-18 20:37:55 +1100
  • Kimberly Wiley
    signed 2023-11-18 20:30:17 +1100
  • Fiona Edwards
    signed 2023-11-18 19:18:34 +1100
  • Greg Warwick
    signed 2023-11-18 19:09:36 +1100