Community calls for release of the NT Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing

Tuesday 10th February:

The Central Australia Frack Free Alliance (CAFFA) is calling for the immediate release of the report on the NT Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing and a response from the Northern Territory Government as to how they will address the report’s recommendations. CAFFA members gathered today outside the Chief Minister Adam Giles’s Office in Alice Springs to remind Minister Giles of his commitment to release the report.

The Inquiry investigated the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing (‘Fracking’) and effectiveness of mitigation measures available within the Northern Territory and received received 263 written submissions from individuals and organisations across the NT. In Alice Springs close to 60 people attended a public hearing with Dr Allan Hawke, the Independent Commissioner of the Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry, to raise their concerns about fracking.

“The government has been sitting on this report for over two months now, despite strong community interest in this issue and calls to release the report,” ”, said Tanya Hall, Central Australian Frack Free Coordinator.

“The community needs to know what the Government’s plans are, and we are out here today to send a clear message to cabinet members about the level of community concern surrounding the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’.”

“We are calling on the government to release the Inquiry report and implement an immediate moratorium on fracking in the NT.”.

“As more and more evidence emerges both nationally and globally it is clear that fracking e is unsafe for communities, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Yet the NT Government is blindly pushing forward with it’s plans to develop the shale gas industry and build a pipeline for fracked gas,” she said.

“Potential fracking plans put at risk local water supplies and cultural icons such as Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, which has applications for exploration pending, despite strong opposition from traditional owners.”

“Adam Giles has recently stated that its time for the Government to refocus on the needs of Territorians and this is particularly so in previously safe CLP seats where the Northern Territory Government’s support for the fracking industry has become a deeply unpopular liability.”

“It is time for the Northern Territory Government to rethink its unpopular Developing the North agenda which promises widespread shale gas fracking at the cost of community health, our unique and pristine arid environment and even the water we drink, “ she concluded.