Fracking Our Environment
The rapid expansion of unconventional gas development on the mainland and around the world poses significant threats to water, air, land, and the health of affected communities.
Fracking uses a raft of dangerous chemicals, mixed with water and sand, to make a toxic slurry that's injected into well bores under extreme pressure - enough to fracture rock thousands of metres below the surface.
Research is showing that fracking is a serious risk to human health. As well as contaminating drinking water, fracking creates harmful air, noise and light pollution for families living near gasfield developments.
Unconventional gas extraction creates vast amounts of toxic waste, including radioactive materials, which the industry still has no way to dispose of safely.
Fracking for gas results in the full-scale industrialisation of previously quiet rural landscapes, with constant heavy truck traffic disrupting communities and creating significant safety hazards.
Unconventional gas extraction uses such immense quantities of water that it risks the safety of our water supply and threatens our long term food and water security.
It's now recognised that fracking induces earthquakes. And methane, a powerful climate change pollutant, leaks rampantly throughout the process - from drilling and extraction to processing and distributing 'natural' gas.
Despite widespread community opposition to fracking on the mainland the Federal government continues to wind back the green tape of environmental protections.