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Newman wants to frack Lake Eyre rivers
Monday, 25 November 2013 - 2:15pm Wild
River protections to be scrapped across western and northern Queensland. Channel
Country rivers protection being removed to please Santos.
Draft Cape York Regional Plan does not
guarantee rivers protections.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is
determined to greenlight fracking on the flood plains of the Channel Country
rivers that feed into Lake Eyre.
The Newman Government has today commenced
the scrapping of river protection across northern and western Queensland by
issuing notices to revoke the Wild Rivers protection for seven Channel Country
and Cape York rivers.
Revoking the Wild Rivers protection for
Cooper Creek and the Diamantina and Georgina Rivers in the Channel Country will
allow Santos to use fracking to develop new gas fields close to the waterways
that feed Lake Eyre.
“Premier Newman appears determined to allow
Santos and other companies to frack on the flood plains of the Channel Country
rivers that feed Lake Eyre, rivers made famous by Burke and Wills,” said
Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Dr Tim Seelig.
“Santos’ fracking plans threaten one of the
greatest natural events on the planet: the transformation of the parched inland
and Lake Eyre’s salt plains into a wildlife wonderland.
Its fracking plans also threaten the
Channel Country’s $500 million grazing industry and its 350 jobs.
It may also pose a risk to the Great
“The Queensland Government will also be
revoking the Wild Rivers protection of the Wenlock, Stewart, Archer and Lockhart
rivers on Cape York.
The protection of Cape York’s rivers is not
guaranteed despite the fanfare created by Newman in promising to protect the
Steve Irwin Nature Reserve and the Wenlock River.
“The Cape York regional plan is only a
It recognises that open-cut and strip
mining are incredibly destructive but Premier Newman must act to guarantee the
protection of Cape York’s free flowing wild rivers and outstanding landscapes.
“Campbell Newman must prove he is serious
about protecting the last few remaining pristine rivers on the planet and not
just interested in photo opportunities.”
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