PROTECT OUR WATER AND OUR FOOD BOWLS BAN FRACKING & CSG UNCONDITIONALLY NATIONWIDE

PROTECT OUR WATER AND OUR FOOD BOWLS BAN FRACKING & CSG UNCONDITIONALLY NATIONWIDE

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Water and food security is being placed at risk here in Australia because governments continue to industrialise our agricultural land and allow the resources sector to pollute our surface and groundwater.  

It is time to demand action not just on climate change, as action to protect our food bowls is also urgently needed.  We need a national food and water security policy.  Fracking gas and CSG projects are the biggest threat to a sustainable Australia because these projects pollute all surrounding water sources, including aquifers, contaminate air quality, soil and compromise the ability of landowners to produce clean food, as does conventional gas on prime agriculture land. 

With over 50% of prime production land in the NT and 2% in WA equating to a land mass the size of Tasmania, approved for fracking, as well as, CSG projects being approved in Queensland and NSW, along with conventional gas wells being drilled in the middle of prime agricultural land in SA, our national food and water security is being placed at risk.  

One shale or tight gas well requires between 15 to 30 million litres of clean water over the life time of the well.  With 100s and 1000s of wells being planned for Australia, we simply don't have that kind of water to spare in the direst inhabited continent on the planet.  Well casing failure leads to water contamination, making water undrinkable and unsuitable for food production.  We simply can't afford this industry our water is too precious because all wells fail eventually.  

A gas company in WA contaminated a water source with radiation and the recommended resolution from the gas company, was to feed the contaminated drinking water to livestock.  This is livestock that would have entered our food chain.  In Queensland CSG projects are compromising a farmer's ability to produce clean food for Australians because their water bores have either dried up or have been contaminated by nearby CSG projects. 

The UN Resolution 64/292....states, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognised the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights.

The United Nations Charter defines democracy as “ a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives”

Our request is also supported by the United Nations Human Rights International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

PART I  Article 1

1.  “All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development”.

PART III  Article 21.

3.  “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”.


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