South Australia Unconventional Gas Fact Sheet

Why are there serious concerns over the development of unconventional gas (coal seam, shale, and tight gas) in South Australia?

The gas industry has already commenced activity in the Cooper Basin, the Arckaringa Basin which contains the great Artesian Basin and the Otway Basin. Given the massive gas reserves, the industry development is likely to become extensive.

There are serious threats to human health from unconventional gas at many levels. As physicians we have a responsibility to advocate for the health of current and future citizens.

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) holds the position that the further development of the unconventional gas industry in South Australia has to be seen as unsafe unless it complies with three principles of public health contained in the SA Public Health Act, namely:

  1. The Precautionary principle – there is currently a lack of scientific evidence to support safety of Unconventional gas to human health and its determinants.
  2. The Sustainability principle – development requires local community approval and accurate portrayal of risks and benefits to communities, both present and future.
  3. The principle of Prevention – development needs to follow, not precede, plans for health risk minimisation and avoidance.

Find out more by downloading the Unconventional Gas Fact Sheet

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