Louise Woodward, a Darwin paediatrician is asking for the Federal Government to stop the petrochemical processing on Middle Arm, which will be key to also bringing fracking in the Beetaloo Basin to a halt.
On the 8th of August, Louise and others are travelling to Canberra to say that they can no longer ignore the health impacts of fracking and fossil fuel developments, and that governments need to start putting the health and well-being of their communities first.
Earlier in the year Louise and 46 past and present NT paediatricians wrote an open letter calling for the NT Government to withdraw support for fracking due to the harmful impacts on the health of children, grandchildren and the whole community.
Louise continues: "The Federal Government will be subsidising the processing of that gas through the “Middle Arm Sustainable Development Precinct” – a facility near the heart of Darwin. From the growing body of evidence coming out of the US, we know the gas processing and petrochemical plant at Middle Arm is likely to lead to significant harm from toxic pollution to the people of Darwin and the surrounding environment. It will also lead to a massive increase in Australia's carbon emissions which will drive the climate crisis to a level which is completely unsafe for all Australians, but particularly those that live in the North of the country on the frontline of the climate crisis."
According to Reputex modelling the Beetaloo basin is a 1.4 billion tonne climate bomb which will contribute to climate change globally, increasing extreme weather events and decreasing food security in the NT.
Gas fracked in the Beetaloo Basin will be processed at the controversial Middle Arm precinct in the Darwin harbour. This would mean processing of ammonia, methanol, hydrogen and gas liquids within 3 km of the suburb of Palmerston, raising further health and environmental concerns.
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