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Croakey: Health professionals urged to join fight against harmful developments in the Northern Territory

Croakey: Health professionals urged to join fight against harmful developments in the Northern Territory

DEA’s Dr Richard Yin and Dr Katherine Barraclough urge doctors, medical students and other health professionals from around the country to support the open letter calling on the Prime Minister and his Government to intervene to prevent gas fracking in the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory- and to withdraw financial support for gas processing at the proposed Middle Arm development.

At a time when the world needs to urgently step up on action to combat climate change, the plan to develop one of the largest fossil fuel projects in Australia is deeply concerning.

The Northern Territory Government’s approval of fracking in the Beetaloo Basin, along with the proposed development of a large gas and petrochemical hub in the Middle Arm Precinct of Darwin Harbour – just three kilometres from populated areas – will enable extraction, processing, and export of gas from the Basin.

At every step, Beetaloo gas poses a serious health threat, a matter that should alarm doctors and all health professionals.

Sign the open letter to the Prime Minister

Read the full oped that was published in Croakey

Dr Richard Yin is deputy chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia; Associate Professor Katherine Barraclough is part of the DEA Biodiversity group