Dear Chief Minister,
I'm writing to ask you to urgently intervene to protect the Territory's water from fracking, cotton, mining and other thirsty industries.
The issue of water united the community like no other during the Fracking Inquiry. The Northern Territory Government promised to declare water allocation plans before the fracking industry could move to production, using sustainable rules.
After 4.5 years of delay, I'm concerned that your Government is rushing these plans to meet gas industry timeframes, without scientific studies being completed or the community being properly engaged in their development. I am also very concerned that decision-makers have been ignoring the government’s own scientific research that proposed water allocation rules are unsustainable and could lead to catastrophic impacts on rivers like the iconic Roper River.
Decisions about our most precious resource should not be rushed.
I ask that you:
Our water is too precious to risk.