STATE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SLAM THE DOOR SHUT ON FRACKING 

STATE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SLAM THE DOOR SHUT ON FRACKING 

26 February 2015

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has urged the State Government to go further than a moratorium on fracking and permanently ban the contentious mining technique.

The Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, has urged the State Government to go further than a moratorium on fracking and permanently ban the contentious mining technique.

Mr Wilkie said the State Government’s five-year moratorium on fracking was welcome but still left the door open to allowing fracking in the future.

“The State Government must slam the door shut on fracking once and for all,’’ Mr Wilkie said.

“A ban is the only way to protect Tasmania’s brand and water and provide certainty for our agriculture and tourism industries.’’

Mr Wilkie said fracking was highly controversial in other states and countries largely due to the trampling of land owners’ rights, health risks and concerns about water contamination and damage to the environment, not to mention the vast quantities of precious water required for the process.

“Many countries and jurisdictions have banned the practice as a direct result of particular instances of fracking having gone badly wrong,’’ he said.

“In Tasmania people from all walks of life lined up to say no to fracking.  Lettuce growers, dairy farmers, winemakers, doctors, lawyers and even the Government’s own Department of Health and Human Services have expressed concerns and are urging the State Government to apply the precautionary principle to this contentious mining technique.

“Fracking poses a major risk to Tasmania’s brand. We’re the flavour of the month due to our clean, green image and world-class produce, but this would all be put at risk if the State is opened up to a fracking free-for-all.

“It is the Government’s duty to protect Tasmania’s water, economy, clean green image and the rights of landowners and the only way to do that is to ban fracking once and for all.’’

Fracking is the pumping underground, under great pressure, of vast quantities of water, sand and chemicals to fracture rocks to access otherwise unreachable oil and gas deposits.

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