NT Inquiry Report Confirms Unavoidable Impacts of Gas Fracking

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Image: The Owen-3 site on Tobermorey Station in the Northern Territory, Caddie Brain

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Fracking for GST Threat an Insult to Western Australians

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Locals declare Exmouth Frack Free

After 12 painstaking months of surveying townsfolk door-to-door, Cape Conservation Group volunteers have established beyond a shred of doubt that Exmouth residents are totally opposed to unconventional onshore gas exploration on the North West Cape.

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 Photo: Lock the Gate WA

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Report Details Fracking Threats to Perth Water Supplies

 

A report released today has highlighted the clear threat posed to Western Australia’s groundwater supplies by unconventional tight gas exploration and mining or ‘fracking’.

 

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Barnett’s pipeline cover-up: east would have enough gas if it didn’t export most of it

The recently defeated former Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett is working with Federal politicians to cover up their own energy policy incompetence, with his proposal to pipe gas from WA to the east coast – which would have enough gas if it didn’t export most of it.

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Frack Free Future congratulates McGowan on an election victory borne of fracking concern

The Frack Free Future campaign has congratulated premier-elect Mark McGowan on WA Labor’s landslide election victory, highlighting the important role public concern over fracking and unconventional gas played in the vote, and warning of the need to honour the party’s commitment to a statewide fracking moratorium.

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Frack Free Future scorecard damns Liberals, and says Labor has more work to do

The Frack Free Future campaign has released a scorecard assessing the main political party positions on unconventional gas and fracking as WA prepares to head to the polls on March 11th.

 

Rating the parties on a school grade system, Frack Free Future awards the Liberals a ‘complete fail’ F grade for their gung-ho support for the controversial fracking industry.

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Top of the pack come the Greens with an A+ on account of their call for an immediate statewide ban, the granting of veto rights for communities to block fracking companies coming onto their land, and their commitment to a 100% Renewable Energy Target which would kill demand for more gas anyway.

 

Labor is graded a ‘more work to do’ B, attributed to a potentially strong moratorium (temporary ban) position weakened hints that process could lack rigour, and a failure to support veto rights for communities.

 

One Nation and The Nationals score ‘B’ and ‘C’ respectively.

 

Frack Free Future coordinator Jules Kirby said he hoped the scorecard would help people interpret the party positions on an issue of almost existential importance for Western Australia.

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“Fracking has been shown to be responsible for serious health, water and environmental issues overseas and in the east, and with the industry poised for a massive expansion in WA is vital people know where the parties stand on this issue” said Kirby.

 

“There is huge variation in where the parties stand on protecting WA from this dangerous and accident-prone industry, but there is also variation in how individual candidates within parties stand.”

 

Fracking has proved a significant issue in every recent state election in Australia. As a result Victoria has opted to ban fracking completely [1], and NT Labor won office promising a fracking moratorium, with commentators citing [2] fracking as one of the reasons voters abandoned the previous NT government in such numbers.

 

Health researchers in Pennsylvania, US, recently published further evidence [3] of a link between shale gas fracking and human health impacts. These include birth defects, asthma and migraines. Shale fracking in Pennsylvania is similar to what we could see across much of WA.

 

And in December the US Environmental Protection Agency published a damning report confirming fracking caused significant and sometimes permanent damage to water sources at ‘every stage of the process’ [4].

 

“With the WA election just round the corner, and yet another study just out linking serious health impacts to shale gas fracking, voters are sure to punish politicians that ignore the warnings and continue to support expansion of the same industry here.”

 

“Let’s give them all a fair hearing, weigh up what they have to say and then, whoever we’re voting for, make sure it’s a vote for a frack free future”.

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Tim Winton and former premier Professor Carmen Lawrence feature in TV ads warn of fracking dangers before polling day

The Frack Free Future campaign and acclaimed WA director Richard Todd have unveiled television advertisements featuring two of WA’s most well-known identities Tim Winton and ex-Premier Carmen Lawrence, warning voters about the risks of gas fracking to water supplies and communities in the lead up to the election.

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Where the major parties stand on fracking

Where the major parties stand on fracking...

Summary first followed by the details.

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Tim Winton calls on Western Australians to vote for a Frack Free Future

Iconic multi-award winning Western Australian author Tim Winton has joined with Frack Free Future to highlight the risks of gas fracking in the lead up to the State election.

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