Uluru

Fury over plans to start fracking near Uluru

Ninety percent of the Northern Territory has been offered up for exploration licenses, sparking concern amongst Alice Spring residents about possible plans to frack only 75 kilometres from Uluru. The enormous area, outlined under permit 125, includes the Amadeus Basin, already subject to test drilling at Mount Kitty by Santos, and comes within 75km of the iconic red rock.

Kings Canyon

Iconic Kings Canyon under threat from frackers

McClure Meadow & Evolution Creek, Kings Canyon National Park
McClure Meadow & Evolution Creek, Kings Canyon National Park
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Traditional owners of one of Australia's top tourist attractions, the Northern Territory's iconic Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park, object to the government's plans to permit oil and gas exploration within the park.

Oil and gas company Palatine Energy has applied for exploration permits which cover the majority of the park's 105,000ha.

The traditional owners have no power to veto the exploration; the decision rests entirely with the NT's Minister for Mines and Energy.

The Pinnacles

Fracking fears: WA tourist landmark within exploration permit granted to NorWest Energy

The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles
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The Pinnacles, one of WA's premier tourist destinations, is under threat of fracking. The Department of Mines and Petroleum granted a permit to Norwest ­Energy to explore for gas within a 649sq km area which includes The Pinnacles.

The permit also covers the tourist towns of Jurien Bay, Green Head, Cervantes and Lancelin, four nature reserves and part of the Mount Lesueur National Park.

The Scenic Rim

Secret CSG Fracking In The Scenic Rim

Scenic Rim
Scenic Rim
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Community group Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic revealed the shocking reality that fracking with dangerous chemicals has been undertaken on Beaudesert's doorstep for over three years.

The Queensland Tourism Industry Council has come out in support of the campaign by Keep The Scenic Rim Scenic to now see independent scrutiny of fracking company Arrow Energy's operations.

Broome

Tourism mecca's water supply on fracking alert

Broome
Broome
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Western Australia's tourism mecca of Broome is at risk fracking of having its water supply fracked.

Oil and gas company Goshawk Energy is negotiating with native title groups after the WA government granted the company exploration rights over a 3750-square-kilometre patch of the Kimberley, including most of Broome's groundwater reserves. The area's geology has compared with the Bakken formation in America's Williston Basin, the largest oilfield in the US and the centre of its controversial fracking boom.

Limestone Coast

Meet the frackers eyeing off the state's gas reserves but the local community is fuming

The Limestone Coast
The Limestone Coast
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One of the Australia's most prestigious wine regions, the Coonawarra on South Australia's Limestone Coast, is latest battleground in the conflict between mining interests and agriculturalists.

The area's shale gas deposits are being targeted by the Beach Energy, raising fears that fracking will contaminate the region's precious underground water reserves. Mining Minister Tom Koutsantonis has confirmed the SA government will not follow the "hysterical" approach of NSW and Victoria and restrict the fracking industry.

Lake Eyre Basin

Mithaka people seek help from United Nations

Lake Eyre
Lake Eyre
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Traditional Aboriginal spiritual lands is no barrier to the fracking industry. The Mithaka people of South West Queensland are seeking assistance from the United Nations over fracking in the Lake Eyre Basin.

Mithaka man Scott Gorringe believes the Newman Government has broken international law by failing to consult with them about the use of their land.