An attempt to place a permanent moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania was voted down by the state government on Wednesday.
The West Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston announced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday that the Government has implemented its election commitment to ban fracking for existing and future petroleum titles in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions.
It is indicative of the ‘who cares’ policy approach of the New South Wales Greens that they now want the State’s only natural gas supply shut down.
One of the favoured tactics of anti-industry activist groups is to try and scare local communities with unproven, untested claims about the supposed health impacts of industrial activities, including hydraulic fracturing.
Natural gas extraction – including fracking – poses no threat to human health and the environment, despite the claims of ‘Chicken Little alarmists’, argues Steve Wright.
In the sleight-of-hand movie ‘Gasland’, Josh Fox warned of the “industrial wasteland” which would be created by fracking in Pennsylvania. The Aussie anti-hero ‘Frackman’ followed the Fox formula, but really jumped the shark by predicting fracking would “destroy the world”.
Almost a decade since the first activism, and the fly-in celebrity protests in Dimock, Pennsylvania, we can collectively breathe a sigh of relief: the world has not been destroyed, nor has pretty countryside been turned to ‘wasteland’ in Queensland or Pennsylvania.
A tried and true activist tactic was on full display this week, with activist groups in the Northern Territory calling into question the credentials of a leading economics consultancy.