Target: Wade Noonan, Minister of Resources, Victoria, Australia
Goal: Praise aggressive ban on fracking and other unconventional onshore gas exploration.
Legislation to ban fracking and other unconventional types of gas exploration is set to be introduced into the Victoria, Australia parliament later this year. The state took into account massive opposition to the practice by residents and agriculturists, who are concerned about public and environmental health. Until the legislation is implemented, a current moratorium on unconventional onshore gas exploration and development will ensure that the practice is effectively banned from here on out.
Fracking sees gas fuels released from rock through the injection of highly pressurized liquids into the rock. These liquids are made up of additives such as thickeners and proppants, and can contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals can pollute surface water as well as surrounding farms, and the methane that can escape from the ground during the process pollutes the air and contributes to global warming. Fracking has been associated with increased seismic activity and has been considred a public health risk by several organizations internationally.
Victoria, Australia has now joined a growing list of other localities, including France, that have banned fracking. This ban will not only help preserve the health of both humans and the environment, but will set an example for other states and countries to follow. Sign the petition below to thank the state for listening to its residents and banning fracking in the interest of the environment and public health.
Dear Mr. Noonan,
A ban on fracking is set to be introduced to the legislature. This ban will protect the environment from the dangers of fracking, which include pollution of soil and groundwater as well as increased seismic activity. Residents will no longer be exposed to the health risks caused by this type of pollution, which consists of toxic chemicals and heavy metals.
This ban took into account the thoughts of the general public, which largely opposed fracking. Until the legislation is implemented, a current moratorium on unconventional onshore gas exploration and development will ensure that the practice is effectively banned from here on out. Sign the petition below to praise Victoria for joining a growing list of localities that are banning this hazardous practice.
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