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Alarm as Fracking Comes Within 75km of Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Business  (tags: oil industry, fracking, Australia, Northern Territory, Alice Springs, Santosdestruction, environment )

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An area of huge cultural significance worth millions of dollars to the tourist industry could face a future as a gasfield. Uluru itself is now just 75km from the western edge of gas exploration permit number 125.


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Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday September 30, 2014, 3:00 am
Alarm as fracking comes within 75km of Uluru

A MEETING of more than 100 people in Alice Springs has voted to challenge unconventional gas exploration permits that come within 75km of Aboriginal cultural shrine and tourist magnet Uluru, formerly Ayers Rock.

The meeting on Wednesday (May 15) resolved to form a local action group to challenge fracking in the Northern Territory, says anti-coal seam gas (CSG) alliance Lock the Gate.

Gas mining giant Santos has interests in exploration permits covering tens of thousands of square kilometres of the Amadeus Basin, south of Alice Springs, which stretch to the border with South Australia and into Western Australia, says the alliance.

Lock the Gate co-ordinator Boudicca Cerese says the plans to look for gas near Uluru demonstrate that the gas industry does not consider anything off limits.

“The problem is that there is a ‘drill-and-frack-at-all-costs’ mentality, when the science behind fracking and the laws in place are inadequate to protect the community,” says Ms Cerese.

“We simply don’t know enough about the impact on water resources of unconventional gas mining to be taking a risk with fracking.

“And to think that an area of huge cultural significance worth millions of dollars to the tourist industry could face a future as a gasfield is a major concern.

“Uluru itself is now just 75km from the western edge of gas exploration permit number 125.”

Ms Cerese says Santos has already had an “incident” at its Mt Kitty operation, about 190km from Uluru, when the drill rig toppled over last month.

“Santos has been fined for polluting aquifers in the New South Wales Pilliga Forest with uranium and other toxins and now it wants to drill across much of Central Australia,” says Ms Cerese.

“The Alice Springs meeting . . . heard that fracking should not proceed until there have been proper scientific assessments, strong regulations put in place and no-go zones created to protect sensitive areas, water resources and important industries such as the tourism and pastoral industries.”

Roger G (148)
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 1:09 pm
sadly noted, to some people greed has no boundary..

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 2:24 pm

Betty Kowall (304)
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 4:21 pm
Is nothing off limits to these money grubbing bastards? No more fracking!

Peta Clarke (30)
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 5:26 pm
Noted and thank you Evelyn. Everywhere we look in Australia at this point in time the environmental vandals are at work.

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 6:20 pm
Noted. Greed, greed. greed.

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday October 2, 2014, 1:36 am
Peta - too true! Hard to believe a government could do so much damage in so little time! Blind? Insensitive? Ignorant? Even realising that politics is now a business career option, it is mind-boggling. Nothing of nature is precious (unless it can be exploited to generate immediate $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$)

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 2, 2014, 9:04 am
These people don't care about anything but money.

Elizabeth o (51)
Friday October 3, 2014, 8:48 am
Horrible and disrespectful. This needs to stop--NOW!
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