Talk about fracking!
With your help we can prevent fracking from ever happening in Tasmania. Our island state is world famous for its clean, green image - let's keep it that way!
Talk to your friends, family and work colleagues about fracking and ask them to get involved too.
Tips and talking points:
- Tasmania's moratorium on fracking is policy based. It can be overturned without any public debate or a parliamentary vote and the best outcome for our state is a permanent legislated ban on fracking.
- Fracking uses massive quantities of water. Unlike other water uses, most water used in fracking is too contaminated to be used for other purposes and can't be returned to the water cycle.Water-intensive fracking lowers water tables and risks draining aquifers. Tassie farmers will need to compete with the vast resources of fracking companies to buy their water.
- Fracking contaminates water and soil. Chemicals in fracking fluid and produced wastewater can contaminate drinking and irrigation water supplies. Incidences of industrial accidents and even illegal dumping of waste reported on the mainland have negatively impacted water quality in rivers, waterways and shallow aquifers.
- Fracking brings risks to existing industries, including farming and farm suppliers, and tourism-related industries.
- Fracking produces huge volumes of toxic and radioactive waste. No safe method of disposing of fracking waste exists. Disposing of fracking waste risks contaminating our water resources and re-injection has been shown to cause earthquakes.
- Fracking pumps hazardous pollutants into the air. Fracking uses dangerous chemicals on an industrial scale. Some of these chemicals are known to cause debilitating and in some cases life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. Noise, light and dust pollution is a feature of living near unconventional gasfields.
- Fracking disrupts local communities. Fracking brings a range of consequences for people living in affected areas, including damage to public roads, declines in property value, increased crime and increased demands on emergency services and other local resources.
- Fracking contributes to climate destabilisation. The availability of cheap natural gas increases our reliance on fossil fuels and is limiting investment in renewable energy sources. Every stage of the fracking process releases methane gas, which traps much more heat than CO2 in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
Other ways you can act to keep Tassie safe from fracking:
Come to a meeting if you're in the Hobart area. We're all volunteers and we're always glad to meet supporters.
Come along to one of our film nights and bring your friends. Check our Facebook page for details about upcoming events.
If you're not able to make one of our screenings hold your own! We can recommend DVDs you can watch in your lounge room or screen in community halls and other public venues.
Organise a local meeting to raise the profile of fracking in your community. Invite Frack Free Tas; if we can, we'll help.