This submission will be focused on the potential health implications of hydraulic fracturing and the processes that implicitly accompany it..................... The combined process, that is often just referred to as hydraulic fracturing, has really only emerged over the last decade. Consequently there is very limited evidence regarding its health or environmental impacts in the short to medium term and no long term data.
In our submission we argue that repealing the Clean Energy Legislation and related Bills removes a vitally important public health measure. Accordingly, DEA is strongly opposed to these repeals.
We have a planet to manage, not just a local economy. Climate change and its threats to human health, survival and social stability should be at the top of the public service agenda. It is unscientific, irrational and counter to the public interest to develop forest burning as an energy source.
In the opinion of DEA, the proposed SEPP inappropriately promotes and facilitates the development of resource mining at the expense of the other valuable land uses, ecosystems, local communities, our health and the stability of our climate.
Most importantly, the onus should be on proof of the proposed actions' safety and lack of harm to the environment and human health now and into perpetuity- if this is in anyway jeopardised the activity should not be allowed to proceed.
Our health is closely related to the state of our environment and dependent on many natural services it provides. Environmental damage and degradation can lead to health impacts in a great many ways, both directly – as in the case of pollutants – to complex and cumulative effects. Changes to water quality and availability, loss of ecological services and the consequences of climate change, being some examples.
While changes in the planning system are welcome and needed, it is imperative that these changes foster improvements in the health and wellbeing of NSW residents, whom NSW legislation ultimately serves, and who stand to benefit from the state’s economic development. This submission reviews the White Paper’s potential to protect and improve health outcomes of current and future generations, and outlines the serious consequences of not fully considering the impacts of development on health in the new planning legislation.
In this submission DEA outline the health imperatives to reduce Australia’s emissions as quickly as possible, and therefore put a strong case for increasing Australia’s 2020 emissions reduction target from 5% to 25%.
Health is not merely the absence of disease, but requires clean air, safe food and water and ecosystem services in an environment conducive to physical and mental health. There is the potential for health to be affected by CSG directly and indirectly through chemical exposures, threats to food and water security and wider cumulative, psychological and social impacts.
The submission by Doctors for the Environment Australia to the EIS in December 2011 noted that “This EIS fails to assess the human health impacts adequately”. The SEIS also fails.