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Parliamentary Petition

Petitioning parliament to make SE fracking ban law

We need your help now!

In the lead up to the last election the SA Liberal Government promised a 10 year ban on fracking in the SE of SA, but now they are elected they are dithering on putting the commitment into law. Read the background section below for more details.

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LCPA members meeting Troy Bell to discuss fracking legislation

Independent MP for the seat of Mt Gambier Troy Bell has introduced the Legislation the Liberals should have into the lower house, and Greens MLC Mark Parnell has introduced the same legislation to the upper house.

We will be backing this push for legislation in a range of ways and we need your help – the first thing you can do is demonstrate support by signing and getting signatures on the formal parliamentary petition.

How to help

This is a formal parliamentary petition and there are strict rules about how they are filled out. All petitions must be original copies, not scanned, faxed, emailed or signed online and only signed once per person. They need to be returned in person or by mail to the address at the bottom of the petition.

  • You can download the petition here, print it out, and get started! Your first goal – get 3 sheets signed and returned. Download the petition: 10 Year Moratorium on fracking 2018 petition
  • Then take the next step – become a petition coordinator! Aim to get 6 people to do the same and get 3 sheets filled out. Use this handy Petition Record Sheet to keep track.
  • Download a printable Background and Instructions for getting signatures on the Petition for your reference and to share.
  • 1st Deadline: 30th July 2018 (please send all filled out petition sheets in by this date) 2nd and final deadline: 28th September.
  • Need help? Advice? Want us to post you printed out petitions? Please let us know how we can help get you started contact us for more info.
  • Stay informed by signing up to receive our newsletter using the form on the front page of the website or contact page. The planet and the people of the Limestone Coast thank you.

Background to the petition

The Limestone Coast region in the SE of SA is prime agricultural land, home to the Coonawarra wine region, a crucial food bowl and a thriving tourism industry. But gas mining threatens the life blood of the region – the groundwater, as well as our clean, green image and the health of our community.

The Government must put its commitment to a moratorium on fracking in the SE into law.

If you have been following the campaign you already know that after years of community organisation and action we secured from the Liberals in SA a pre election promise for a 10 year moratorium on fracking. Fracking is the highest risk form of gas mining and a 10 year ban is a huge step forward toward our goal of protecting our land, families, industries and community.

However the moratorium is currently only a verbal commitment and does not protect the South East from any potential change of government or government policy over the next 10 years.

Legislation for the moratorium is required to provide the certainty that farmers, winemakers, tourism operators, small business and the community need to invest in the future.

We need you to get hands on and help now! – it’s easy and anyone can do it, thank you for your help to keep our community safe from fracking.

 

Letter to Legislate the moratorium

Take action to make the fracking moratorium law!

The newly elected Liberal Government lead by Premier Stephen Marshall was elected on a promise to ban fracking in the South East for 10 years. However a verbal promise is not enough. We have seen recently in the NT a Government elected on a promise to ban fracking reverse their decision after a so-called “independent inquiry”. We can’t afford to let a change of policy or Government in SA undermine this commitment. The moratorium must become law.

Farmers, winemakers, tourism businesses and the community of the Limestone Coast need your support to provide certainty for the future. Please take a moment to send a letter to the Government calling on them to move immediately to enshrine the moratorium in law.

Troy Bell, Independent Member for Mount Gambier, has foreshadowed a private members bill to be tabled on July 4th, when he will move to legislate the 10-year moratorium. We need to  ask the State government to support this legislation, or move quickly themselves to legislate the moratorium.

To help you to write your own personal letter we have provided you here with some tips and the names and addresses of the relevant politicians.  If you find it difficult to write a letter we have prepared two ‘pro-forma’ letters for you: one to the State Liberal politicians, and one to other members asking them for support to legislate the moratorium.  If you don’t live in the Mount Gambier or MacKillop electorates we have provided a link for you to get the address of your own electoral representative.

If you cant find the time to write yourself please visit this link to click and send a message.

Tips for writing letters to politicians

Politicians and Governments are there to represent you. A personalised letter is one effective way to let your views be known. Personal letters carry more weight, but if you are unable to write your own letter you can use our ‘pro-forma’ letters below.

  • Use full title of politicians
  • Write individual letters to each politician (see addresses below)
  • Use a heading in your letter – i.e. “Re: Legislate the South East 10-year moratorium”
  • Stay positive and polite but be firm about the changes you want.
  • Keep it short and to the point – no more than one page, and use your own words.
  • Send by mail or email (or both for emphasis)
  • Congratulate pollies on winning government, their cabinet position, and the fact that they are verbally supporting their election promise of a 10-year-moratorium on fracking.
  • However, you consider that the verbal commitment does not provide the certainly that that farmers, winemakers, tourism operators, small business and the community need, nor does it protect the South East from any potential change of government or government policy over the next 10 years, so it is urgent that the moratorium be legislated as soon as possible.
  • Troy Bell has foreshadowed that he will move to legislate the 10-year moratorium and you would like the State government to support this legislation, or move quickly to legislate the moratorium with their own legislation.
  • There is widespread opposition to fracking across South Australia (and nationally and internationally if you like). No social licence.
  • There is a global shift away from dangerous and polluting fossil fuels to renewable energy sources
  • If you like elaborate: The current NT Territory government made a verbal promise before the election, brought in an inquiry, and now has decided to allow fracking.
  • At the NT Labor annual conference this month Labor party members voted overwhelmingly to ban fracking.
  • Add a personal note about why this is important to you.
  • Indicate you would like a response, and include your name and address (postal and/or email)

Proforma Letter to State Liberal Politicians 

(cut and paste then edit. Note simple click and send version available soon but your personalized letter will be more effective)

(Date)

(Full Name, Title and Address of politician)

Dear (Premier, Hon …)

Congratulations on winning government, your position as (premier, minister of ..) and your announcement that the State Liberal government will honour their election promise of a moratorium on fracking in the South East.

The Marshall Government’s commitment to the 10 year moratorium on fracking  recognises community opposition and the lack of social licence for fracking the South East, both locally and across the State, and the importance of the Limestone Coast in terms of food, wine, agriculture and tourism.

It also recognises the global shift away from dangerous and polluting fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources.

However the moratorium is currently only a verbal commitment and does not protect the South East from any potential change of government or government policy over the next 10 years.

Legislation for the moratorium is required to provide the certainty that farmers, winemakers, tourism operators, small business and the community need to invest in the future.

I note that Troy Bell, Independent Member for Mt Gambier, is soon to table legislation regarding the 10-year moratorium.

I am asking you to support Troy Bell’s legislation of the 10 year moratorium, or alternatively honour your election commitment and move quickly to enshrine the promised 10 year South East fracking moratorium in legislation.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours Sincerely,

(Your name and contact details.)

 

Suggested State Liberal Politicians to be contacted, and their contact details:

The Hon Steven Marshall, Premier

dunstan@parliament.sa.gov.au

Unit 2 90-94 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067

08 8363 9111

The Hon Rob Lucas, Treasurer

rob.lucas@parliament.sa.gov.au

Parliament House, Adelaide SA 5000

08 8237 9100

The Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Minister for Energy and Mining

stuart.portaugusta@parliament.sa.gov.au

Shop 2, 5 Young Street, Port Augusta SA 5700

08 8642 3633             08 8566 2099

The Hon Tim Whetstone, Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development

chaffey@parliament.sa.gov.au

PO Box 959, Berri SA 5343

08 8582 4230

The Hon David Speirs, Minister for Environment and Water

black@parliament.sa.gov.au

PO Box 121, Brighton SA 5048

08 8296 9833

Mr Nick McBride, Liberal Member for MacKillop

nick.mcbride@sa.liberal.org.au

30 Ormerod Street, Naracoorte 5271

0488 965 71

 

Proforma Letter to Other Politicians

 

(Date)

(Full Name, Title and Address of politician)

Dear (Hon, Mr )

The Marshall Government’s commitment to a 10 year moratorium on fracking in the South East recognises community opposition and the lack of social licence for fracking the South East, both locally and across the State, and the importance of the Limestone Coast in terms of food, wine, agriculture and tourism.

It also recognises the global shift away from dangerous and polluting fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources.

However the moratorium is currently only a verbal commitment and does not protect the South East from any potential change of government or government policy over the next 10 years.

Legislation for the moratorium is required to provide the certainty that farmers, winemakers, tourism operators, small business and the community need to invest in the future.

I note that Troy Bell, Independent Member for Mt Gambier, is soon to table legislation regarding the 10-year moratorium.

I am asking you to support Troy Bell’s legislation of the 10 year moratorium, or alternatively to ask the Marshall Government to honour its election commitment and move quickly to enshrine the promised 10 year South East fracking moratorium in legislation.

I look forward to your reply.

 

Yours Sincerely,

(Your name and contact details.)

Other relevant politicians

Mr Troy Bell, Independent Member for Mt Gambier

mtgambier@parliament.sa.gov.au

24a Bay Road, Mount Gambier SA 5290

08 8724 9944

Mr Tony Pasin, Federal Member for Barker

Tony.Pasin.MP@aph.gov.au

27 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier SA 5290

08 8723 2230            02 6277 4864

 

Or your own electoral representative

Click on this link to take you to the SA Government Parliamentary website to obtain details of your own electoral representative.

http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Members/Pages/List%20of%20All%20Members.aspx

Gas exploration is a hot button election issue in the South East which some say is splitting once harmonious communities. Erin Jones, The Advertiser February 23, 2018 5:29pm

THE fight to protect the South-East’s crucial aquifers and “clean, green” reputation has turned physical, following the first flaring of gas from a controversial well near Penola. Beach Energy last week tested its Haselgrove-3 conventional gas well, 8km south of the town, after it discovered what could be a “large gas resource” in January. The […]

Haselgrove 3 flaring while CFS contains fires burning close by

Don’t flare on a windy day in our forest, Beach Energy. Risky, noisy and smelly burn off of waste gases.

This is not what our community wants, especially considering we subsidize this with our tax dollars

Please make your opinion known at the ballot box next month #makemackillopmarginal

 

View from Riddoch Highway

The view from 8km away in Penola

Friday 19 May 2017 the Natural Resources Committee resolved to publish on its website the Minister’s response to the NRC’s Fracking report.

Friday 19 May 2017 the Natural Resources Committee resolved to publish on its website the Minister’s response to the NRC’s Fracking report.

http://www.parliament.sa.gov.au/Committees/Pages/Committees.aspx?CTId=5&CId=295

 

 

Alan Jones Podcasts

Alan talks to the Liverpool Plains farmer about the Santos Narrabri gas project. 10/04/2017

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/jamie-bishop/

Alan talks to the chemical engineer Tim Forcey  from the Melbourne Energy Institute about methane emissions from coal seam gas. 10/04/2017 /

http://www.2gb.com/podcast/tim-forcey/

 

The Bentley Effect The true story of how one remarkable community took on the giant gas mining companies – and WON!

The Bentley Effect screening:
Portland on Mon 17 April at 7pm at Portland Football, Netball & Cricket Club, Henty Street, Portland
Mt Gambier on Tue 18 April at 6.45pm at Oatmill Cinema, 7 Percy Street, Mt Gambier
Robe on Wed 19 April at 6.30pm at Robe Football Club, Robe

Doctors for Environment call for a National Approach

Doctors for the Environment Australia has presented their submission to the Senate Select Committee on Unconventional Gas and is calling for a moratorium on all new unconventional gas operations until health risk assessments of procedures and chemicals performed on an industry wide basis have been undertaken.  DEA Submission available here.

“DEA is of the view that a national approach is essential to reduce the extensive risks associated with unconventional gas mining. The most (self-) evident reason for this is that sets of unconventional gas operations may take place in regions overlying, and therefore threatening, precious aquifers, aquifers that do not recognise state borders. DEA asks the Committee to be aware that medical and health research literature on unconventional gas is rapidly expanding. Much published research comes from the United States where an estimated 15 million people live within 1.6km of gas or oil wells.”

For more information go to DEA website here http://dea.org.au/resources/submissions

 

 

 

Mining Site Rehabilitation….How coal companies avoid and minimise their obligations in NSW, Qld.

Muswellbrook Coal Mine

Muswellbrook Coal Mine

Do mining companies rehabilitate sites after they have removed the coal?

What are the state laws with regards to this, and more importantly what actually happens?

In Queensland there are the new Chain of Responsibility Laws, which have just today (26th May) for the first time been enacted requiring Linc Energy’s former CEO to decommission the sites waste water dams.  We will watch the outcome of this with interest.

In April, a new report was released by Environmental Justice Australia’s Climate & Finance program which looked “at six methods that coal companies operating in Australia use to avoid, minimise or delay their rehabilitation obligations in New South Wales and Queensland.”

#1 CARE AND MAINTENANCE

#2 EXTRACT UNTIL CASH RESERVES RUN DRY

#3 DON’T REHABILITATE

#4 SELL TO AN UNKNOWN MINNOW

#5 EXPAND

#6 INAPPROPRIATE  DISCOUNTS

Read the full report here https://envirojustice.org.au/blog/dodging-clean-up-costs-six-tricks-coal-mining-companies-play