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Devil's advocate



Devil's advocate

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The quarterly magazine from the Arid Lands Environment Centre


Arid Lands Environment Centre


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Environmental Protection; Australia, Central; Conservation Of Natural Resources; Arid Lands Environment Centre (Australia); Periodicals

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Arid Lands Environment Centre

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Alice Springs


Devil's advocate


Autumn 2015

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Dont Frack the Outback! With 95% of the Northern Territory currently under application for exploration for petroleum and gas, the vast expanses of the Australian Outback are facing an unprecedented threat. The Arid Lands Environment Centre has been at the forefront of raising awareness and making public representations against the unconventional gas industry and the process of fracking in Central Australia. ALEC is calling for a moratorium on the issuing of all exploration licenses until the process of hydraulic fracturing can be proven to be safe. ALEC made a submission to the NT Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry, which was commissioned by the NT Government in March 2014. The report was released to the public earlier in March 2015 and has provided a green light to the industry if the NT government tightens its regulations. This is deeply concerning for the future of the NT. No Fracking Pipeline! ALEC has been a strong advocate against the proposal to develop a gas pipeline from the Northern Territory to the Eastern States. Development of any gas pipeline will be a green light to the shale gas industry in the NT, opening up the market for mass unconventional gas production. Stopping the construction of the gas pipeline is an essential component of the campaign against shale gas production and fracking in the NT. Stand with ALEC and say No Fracking Pipeline!. Join the NT community and say Dont Frack the Outback! Donate to the campaign Help organise a local fundraiser Write a letter to the NT Chief Minister and Minister for Mines and Energy Educate yourself and spread the word! Frack Free Coordinator Update This year is already shaping up to be a big one in the fight against fracking with a growing global trend emerging to either outright ban fracking, or hold off until more is known about the impacts on the environment and local communities. Early in the year a parliamentary report was released in the UK calling for a ban on fracking due the huge uncertainties about the environmental risks. This was closely followed by Scotland announcing a moratorium on unconventional oil and gas fracking to allow time for a full public consultation and a full public health impact assessment, and then a ban on fracking in Wales until it can be proven safe in an environmental and public health context. This is also after the full ban on fracking in New York was announced late last year due to the public health risks. Now we just need the NT to catch on to the trend! The Chief Minister has been quoted saying that people advocating against fracking just need to be better educated. However as more and more evidence emerges both nationally and globally it is clear that this practice is unsafe for communities, the air we breathe and the water we drink. A recent survey undertaken by the Dont Frack the Territory campaign group based in Darwin revealed that 84% of informed NT voters do not think fracking should go ahead and that seventy-seven percent will consider the issue when voting in the next election. Yet the NT Government is blindly pushing forward with its plans to develop the shale gas industry and build a pipeline for fracked gas. Its time for the NT Government to rethink its 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. We need to continue to send a strong message to those in power that we will not compromise the health and well being of our communities and our unique arid environment for an economic agenda that benefits foreign investors and corporate interests only. Take a stand against fracking in Central Australia and get involved in the campaign. To find out more contact Tanya at frackfreecoordinator@gmail.com STOP PRESS!! Recently announced - two NT municipalities have taken the lead in saying no to fracking! In a first for the NT, Wagait Shire Council passed its second anti-fracking motion on 15 February to oppose fracking as a process to explore and extract gas because of inherent risks, particularly its significant risk to water security. This was followed a week later by a motion passed by Katherine Town Council supporting a moratorium on fracking activity within the entire Katherine municipality. There are now more than 60 councils Australia-wide who have passed similar motions, with all mainland states now represented. Here in Central Australia, the Alice Springs Town Council is divided on the issue - please email astc@astc.nt.gov.au to express your concerns on fracking.

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