Dear Inquiry Commissioner,
My name is Carol Phayer and I am a long term resident of Humpty Doo since 1984.
Darwin is sometimes a hard place to live with the high cost of living and build up weather conditions, but I live here because I love our pristine environment , clean water and great fishing.
Looking at the evidence from Australia and overseas from
scientists and medical reports it is clear that there are some serious
issues with this mining practice of fracking.
My many concerns are:
The NT already has a legacy of bad mining practices with poor government decisions. We have not even worked out what to do with waste from mines 50 years ago, which the taxpayer, not the mining companies get left with.
Our carbon emissions quota will be adversely effected by the release of methane gases that do happen in this unconventional gas mining practice, the USA underestimated their carbon release into the atmosphere by a third as they did not counter in all the released methane through fracking.
The government will tell you we have been fracking for
years in the NT, but this is a very small area in central
Australia.(vertical fracking only)
No study has been done on monsoon tropical areas, anyone who has been through a wet season in the top end knows that all our rivers, creeks, run offs, causeways and flood areas are all interconnected.
The EPA have indicated that because there will too many mines, it will be too expensive to do an environmental impact study on each one and the mining companies will just have to follow the guidelines, without any proper independent overseeing.
The Katherine river has already been over allocated with water licenses and for some crazy reason mining companies do not need water permits., Yet the fracking process uses so much water.
Mining companies spend millions of $ on cleaver lobbing to government I want the government to look at the science and evidence form everywhere and not just believe the big sell from the mining companies.
If the majority of people in the NT disapprove of this
destructive unconventional gas mining should not the government at
least hold a moratorium to do proper risk assessment study before we
start making the mistakes that have and are happening all over the
I have attached a letter from the NSW government regard the suspension of a mining license in the Bentley area.
Kind regards Carol Phayer