National water commission calls for closer look at fracking
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Last week, the Federal Government’s National Water Commission (NWC) delivered its third biannual assessment of the national water initiative (NWI). And for the first time, the NWC is looking seriously at water use in coal seam gas (CSG) mining. The NWI is the Commonwealth Government’s blueprint for water reform in Australia. It brings together state and Commonwealth governments to coordinate policies and actions affecting water use in this country.
The aim is a more cohesive national approach to the way Australia manages, measures, plans for, prices and trades water. The assessment looks at whether the NWI has improved the management of Australia’s water. It sounds fairly boring and rather irrelevant if you are not a farmer or living on the Murray-Darling River. But it isn’t. This is an important assessment of a crucial and highly emotive issue that is currently debated in schools, businesses, government and farmhouses: CSG extraction and its effect on water resources in Australia.