Australia needs mandatory federal guidelines on fracking and coal mining that are based on scientific and medical opinion, says Doctors for the Environment Australia’s Honorary Secretary Dr David Shearman in an oped in the Sydney Morning Herald today.
Dr Shearman says a national approach is necessary because many state governments have a conflict of interest with regards to coal seam gas and coal mining because of the revenue they attract.
He highlights the recent Senate inquiry into the former Newman government in Queensland which expressed concerns about government maladministration with coal seam gas (CSG) and coal mining.
Dr Shearman says DEA supports the main findings of the inquiry’s report last month, including the need for a royal commission into the effects of CSG mining on health.
You can view DEA’s submission into the Queensland Government Administration here.