I am a Territorian strongly opposed to fracking on the basis of:
From a regulatory perspective, the Territory is not ready
for this type of industry. Onshore gas projects are regulated by the Petroleum Act and Schedule of Onshore Petroleum Exploration and Production Requirements. Neither
of these laws provide adequate protection for the environment or
consideration of social and cultural issues. They are not informed by
the principles of ecologically sustainable development and do not
easily link to the Environmental Assessment Act to ensure
adequate assessment is made of an unconvential shale gas proposal. They
do not specify environmental standards or include environmental
offence provisions . Nor do they include public participation
provisions, including the public’s right to say “no” to a proposal, or
provide third party appeal provisions.
I call on the Inquiry to examine:
The wider community in the NT should have a right to decide
if the Territory is to be subjected to widescale fracking; at the
moment I don't believe many people are aware of what is happening.
Who pays for environment clean up if fracking allows gas to leak into the groundwater?
Do mining companies have the right to come on to any pastoral lease,private freehold or native title landand frack for gas without free, prior and informed consent by thelandholder?
What will happen to the millions of litres of contaminated waste water?
I would like to see a moratorium on all fracking until all of these risks have been properly assessed by independent scientists.