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Pressure Grows to Keep Tasmania's Moratorium

Kim Booth

Kim Booth  -  Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Tags: Air Quality, Fracking

Pressure is growing on the Hodgman government to recommit to the state’s moratorium on fracking as other jurisdictions around the world implement their own bans, Greens Leader and Mining spokesperson Kim Booth MP said today.

“Wales has voted to implement a ban on fracking until its proven safe for public health and the environment, barely weeks after the Scottish Parliament declared a moratorium on fracking along with all unconventional oil and gas extraction,” Mr Booth said.

“Both Wales and Scotland now proudly declare themselves ‘frack-free’, joining Ireland, France, the Netherlands and New York State, all of whom have banned fracking due to concerns about health impacts, water pollution and environmental degradation.”

“Tasmania’s moratorium will expire on March 31st yet we still have not heard from the Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, when he will make public the outcome of the review, or whether the moratorium will continue.”

“Given the growing concern globally over the impact fracking would have on water supplies, air quality, public health, and agricultural security, the Greens urge Mr Rockliff to declare as permanent Tasmania’s frack-free status,” Mr Booth said.