Thursday, 4 December, 2014
Shale gas fracking: We say NO!
Community and environment groups from across the Top End met in Darwin this week to share their concerns and opposition to the expansion of the shale gas industry across the NT.
The groups, including representatives from Protect Arnhem Land, Don’t Frack Katherine, Don’t Frack the Territory, Environment Centre NT, Lock the Gate and Borroloola Traditional Owners gathered out the front of the Minerals Council Summit today to present the following statement to government representatives and petroleum companies.
“We gather here today in the spirit of sharing and understanding to once again state our concerns about the impacts of shale gas fracking.
“The shale gas industry and fracking can harm our clean water and air, our natural environment, people’s health and the viability of our communities.
“We have seen too many mining disasters affecting our land, contaminating our water and causing health problems.
“We have a right to protect our homes, children, livelihoods, health, lifestyle, sacred sites, water, food and bush medicine from the impacts of risky shale oil and gas developments.
“We don’t believe our politicians are doing enough to protect our communities from these risks.
“We don’t want to see an expansion of the shale gas industry in the Territory when there are plenty of clean, safe and renewable energy resources available.
“We demand a moratorium on shale gas fracking until it can be proven safe.
”We demand the government immediately release the Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing report to the public, so we can all have access to the same information.
“We are sick of spending all our time fighting unsustainable developments and will continue to work together with other landholders and groups across the NT who share our concerns and would rather build healthy, sustainable communities.
“We say NO to unconventional gasfields and fracking.”