Time to let Council know what YOU think is… right now!

Have your say
Make sure you have your say if you do not wish to have fracking in Geelong. Even a sentence or two counts, by email, online or in the mail.

Closing date for submissions to Council is today, Friday 26 September 2014.

» Council’s submission page

» How to make a submission: Step by step guide by Alan Manson

Petition to councillors
Also, we encourage you to sign this petition if you would like to put your signature under our letter to Council asking our Councillors to call for a permanent ban on fracking in Victoria.

» Sign the petition: www.frackfreegeelong.org/petition

Hints for your submission

• Your submission doesn’t have to be detailed, but it should be heart felt.

• You are better off picking a couple of points with a bit of explanation than having a lot of points with no explanation at all. Think of the person reading them.

• Try to provide an acknowledged source to back up your point(s) – as shown on this page, there are NO shortage of these. Also see: www.climatesafety.info/gasrush

• Don’t just copy something you see here. Use your words. Say why you are concerned and feel free to offer alternatives.

Inspiration for your submission

If you would like to send a letter to Council about fracking, but feel unsure about what you should write, below are some ‘talking points’ you could elaborate on. Your submission should be personal and unique, in order to count as a submission.

For instance, you could simply state that,

“Council should not allow industry practices to be deployed in City of Greater Geelong that will pollute air, waste vast quantities of water, cause 24/7 noise and light pollution, over-stress our roads, could irreversibly contaminate aquifers and even trigger earthquakes.

There is no reason why Council should allow gas mining in our municipality now that we can get our energy from renewable energy sources which are safe, better for both climate and environment, and create sustainable jobs in the region.”


When you have written a submission, please share it with us so we can post it on this page in order to inspire others.

A4 flyer
A4 flyer

This A4-flyer contains information about where they might frack in Geelong, and also how to send a submission to council with your opinion on fracking in Geelong.

Print a few copies of this flyer and hand around your neighbourhood. But let us know about it if you do this, so we can coordinate what is happening. About 1,600 flyers were letterboxed in Grovedale and Waurn Ponds on 15 September.

Also, copy what you find relevant, paste it in an email and forward it to your friends, family, colleagues and network.

» If you would like to make amendments in the text, download this open Word Document

Examples of submissions

Below are some examples of what people and groups have submitted to Council – for your inspiration. We advice you not to copy-paste, but to tell your own story. Tell Council what you believe is the most important to take into consideration in this matter.

Submission by Frack Free Geelong

SubmissionbyFrackFreeGeelonThis submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 26 September 2014 at 1pm:




Submission by Geelong Sustainability

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 25 September 2014:

Dear Rodney Thomas,

Any new activity proposed for the Geelong region needs to be considered in the light of current visions and goals. Geelong Sustainability submits that Geelong and surrounds should be known for its clean green economy, and that there is no place for fracking within that. Various vision statements have been created for the Geelong region, and many centre around creating a clean green future. Underpinning this is our region’s natural environment – our beaches and parks are generate a thriving tourist economy. The region’s wine and fine food industries have built upon the image of the Surf Coast and Bellarine as beautiful natural areas. There is strong demand for real estate in the because of the open spaces and relaxed lifestyle.

As organisations such a Cleantech Innovations Geelong and Future Proofing Geelong indicate, Geelong city does not sit apart from this image. Geelong Sustainability has long advocated that while climate change presents a global crisis, Geelong is uniquely positioned to be part of the solution – by manufacturing clean green technology.

Climate change is an undeniable reality. The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are now higher than they have been at any time for hundreds of thousands of years. Scientists believe that the Earth is reaching the point beyond which we no longer have a safe climate. The effects for our region alone will be significant – higher sea levels, more frequent bushfires, more severe heatwaves, more droughts and threats to food security. A drastic reduction in the production of greenhouse gases (particularly carbon dioxide and methane) is required. This will require a transformation of our electricity generation and transport industries, among other things.

Recent job losses notwithstanding, Geelong still boasts a manufacturing sector. We have technical skills and expertise, coupled with the presence of a world class university that is focused on local partnerships. Geelong could and should be manufacturing components for wind turbines, solar panels and components for solar thermal power stations. The basic ingredients for all of these are steel and glass, which are mainstays of our current production. In addition Geelong is one of few cities to have hosted an automotive industry. Geelong has made its name as a manufacturer of passenger vehicles, but it could be producing electric vehicles.

Now let us view fracking within this context. Fracking has a number of physical effects both on the surface environment and the water table down below. The Geelong region’s clean green image has been painstakingly built up through a number of marketing campaigns – but perceptions can change quickly. Damage to Geelong’s water table, on the other hand, could be with us for many decades.

The onshore gas extraction industry exposes our local community to a range of environmental, health-related and psychological impacts and risks which must be considered.

The purpose of fracking is to extract methane gas which can be burned to provide power or heating. But this is not clean or ‘green’ technology. Methane is non-renewable, and produces greenhouse gas when burned. It is marketed as being more “environmentally friendly” than coal due to its lower greenhouse emissions when burned. What is often discounted is the amount of fugitive emissions caused by fracking – i.e. methane that escapes directly into the atmosphere. When methane escapes directly it has a high global warming potential, negating the so called “environmentally friendly” effects.

The so called environmental benefits of producing methane gas through fracking are questionable, and represent the wrong approach. Any new infrastructure related to power generation should be based around zero emission sources – particularly solar and wind.

The power production of the future will not reduce greenhouse gases, it will avoid producing them. Groups such as Beyond Zero Emissions have shown that a power grid comprising largely solar thermal, solar PV and wind could provide Australia’s electricity needs with zero greenhouse emissions. Geelong should play a central part in this.

Geelong is currently experiencing the trauma caused by the moving on of a number of large corporations (e.g. Ford, Alcoa). According to the best wisdom of the day, Geelong actively recruited and attracted these companies. These companies brought economic benefits over many decades and helped establish Geelong as an industrial city, but now they are departing.

We could choose to attract a new industry – fracking – to our region. No doubt the industry will spruik that they bring jobs and investment. Perhaps they will – for ten years or so, while each well is operating. Electric vehicles, wind and solar, on the other hand will be needed in perpetuity, as will the jobs they create.

Dave Campbell
Geelong Sustainability


» This submission was republished on this page with permission from Geelong Sustainability. The original document is found on: www.geelongsustainability.org.au (PDF)

Submission by Dr Quentin Farmar-Bowers

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 25 September 2014 at 1:30pm:

“Dear Sir / Madam
I would like to make a submission about the proposed onshore gas extraction program south of Geelong. I have copied this email to the Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Mr Russell Northe, MP.

I think the gas extraction program should not go ahead.

I do not see any benefit for the region nor for Australia in allowing this kind of gas development. This energy project is a negative for everybody:

(1) even for the shareholders of the fracking companies (as the opportunity cost is higher than investing in more modern energy technology companies).

(2) And negative for the banks loaning them the money because there is a backlash against them that will grow in years to come (ethical investing options, divestment in fossil fuel industry … like the recent move by the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Council of Churches and Superfunds [such as HESTA]).

(3) And a backlash against the governments who sanction these projects, when people see the physical devastation and ill health they cause.

(4) For the people in the region who will lose agricultural productivity and suffer from ill health because of the pollution and impossibility of getting compensation down the track.

(5) For the property developers in adjacent areas who find their housing estates have lost value. (6) And finally, for everybody and every ecosystem on the planet as this gas production process and consumption produces more CO2e than coal.

I would like to see a permanent ban on this industry in the region (State and Australia if possible). I don’t think it has any positive value and will cause a lot of harm.

I see this harm in terms of:

· Disruption to farming in the region both now and for decades to come because of the contamination of soil through the disposal of salt and fracking chemicals, the contamination of soil through fugitive methane and other (toxic) hydrocarbons, the contamination of ground water through chemicals, the contamination of surface water and soil from heavy metal and radioactive chemicals that will be brought up in the returned well water (placed in evaporative ponds or irrigated onto farmland or used on roadways for dust suppression), and the use of existing water resources for mining liquids.

· Contamination of air through dust and hydrocarbons released from well-heads and seeping through the ground. This contamination may last decades and may increase in future when well-head capping structure and well linings fail. The cost of resealing these numerous wells is likely to be many times the Geelong city’s total budget for the whole region. The proposed gas field is up-wind of Geelong and very close to the enormous housing subdivisions taking place between Geelong and Torque. If the gas project goes ahead these housing developments should be deferred and safer areas set aside for housing.

· There will be premature deaths from air, soil and water contamination and there may also be birth defects.

· There will be little if any economic gains for the region as the shareholders (who are likely to get dividends) are mostly overseas. The jobs in the Geelong region will be short lived but this income (and the tax they will pay) will be offset by the loss of farming income and by the increase health cost for local people. The gas companies may not be in a position to provide compensation in the decades to come, so compensation will come (if it comes at all) from community money via state and federal governments.

· The burning of the gas will increase global warming wherever it is burnt….and we know that Australia, being a hot and dry continent with its main cities on the coast, is especially vulnerable to even a small increase in warming and sea level rise and reduced rain fall.

· This gas is actually worse for CO2e emissions than coal because of the ongoing fugitive emissions and because of all the energy used in getting it out of the ground, transporting it to ports (in Queensland) shipping overseas then transporting it within these foreign countries to factories and shops.

· If in future, an Australian Government commits us to a global CO2e target, the ongoing fugitive gases (mainly methane with 72 times the warming forcing of CO2 over 20 years) will have to be taken into account. This means that Australian businesses will have to reduce their CO2 pollution further than they would have had if the gas fracking industry had not existed. In other words, Australian businesses and Australians will be left an ongoing legacy from the short lived gas fracking businesses.

· The externalities of this gas are not included in the price…if the full costs were included, the gas would never be able to find a buyer. However, the subsidy Australia is providing the fracking industry means they will be able to sell the gas. So this industry is a massive market failure. And as far as global warming is concerned, it is a classic mal-adaption.

Thanks for this opportunity to comment.

Dr Quentin Farmar-Bowers”

Submission by Centre for Climate Safety

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 26 September 2014:


Submission by Anthony Gleeson

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 25 September 2014:


Submission by Doug Rolfe

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 25 September 2014:

“I lived in Geelong for 32 years from age 7 until moving to a rural property in the Surf Coast Shire 9 years ago. We have strong existing connections to Geelong through family, church, schools and community organisations.

I am strongly opposed to onshore natural gas extraction in any area. It is an inappropriate industry.

I have worked in the oil industry at the beginning of my career and have BSc (Hons) in Chemistry. I have recently worked with a local Catchment Management Authority in analysis of water quality of local rivers. I was part of the community reference group for the Geelong Geothermal Power Project.

Apart from the obvious damage to the surface of the land, the CSG and associated industry in northern Australia and in the USA have a history of damage to local aquifers. COGG should seriously investigate the situation in the Condamine River in QLD and other rivers in northern NSW and QLD before allowing this industry anywhere near the aquifers in our area or the Barwon River.

Natural gas extraction by ‘unconventional’ methods has been strongly associated with high levels of fugitive emissions of methane. This means that overall carbon footprint of methane (natural gas) extracted by unconventional means is no better than for coal. The work of Dr Isaac Santos and Dr Damien Maher at Southern Cross University has been crucial in showing that gas companies have not carried out the monitoring necessary to track these emissions. (eg. http://scu.edu.au/coastal-biogeochemistry/index.php/70/)

The majority of gas being extracted is intended for direct export and is of little benefit to the local community. I would recommend inviting Dr Mark Ogge from the Australia Institute to brief Council on the financial problems associated with this industry.

The impact of unconventional gas exploration and extraction on rural communities is devastating. The concerns of the community are not based on irrational fears. There has been enough evidence of the destructive nature of this activity that typical ‘law abiding’ farmers are having to resort to blockading their properties in acts of civil disobedience. The Surf Coast communities of Moriac, Mt Moriac, Paraparap and Freshwater Creek recently declared themselves ‘gasfield free’ with between 92-97% of the community signing on to say they reject this industry. There was strong support from Local Council, State and Federal politicians attending. We are looking for the same leadership and support from the Geelong City Council.

Geelong needs to pursue a future based on renewable energy resources and ‘clean tech’ manufacturing. Unconventional gas extraction is a dead-end technology being pursued for the financial benefit of few, to the detriment of the broader community.

Doug Rolfe”

Submission by Alan Manson

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au and also sent carbon copy as an individual emails to the 13 councillors:

“Dear Mr. Mayor,

The issue on Fracking greatly concerns me, and I also have concerns that councillors may not receive all the facts related to Fracking that if known, would immediately draw the conclusion that Fracking is unsafe to the environment and the community, and is therefore unacceptable to allow in the Geelong region.

Although I have a copy of my submission attached for your attention, if you can’t find the time to read it, then please do yourself a favour by clicking on the two links below and take just a few minutes to see how bad Fracking really is and how it is likely to impact the Geelong region adversely.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

Kind regards,
Alan Manson

» Fracking or drinking water? That may become the choice

» Voices from the Gaslands – Megan’s Story

» Submission: Onshore Natural Gas (Coal Seam Gas – Fracking) in the Geelong Region (PDF, 10 pages)”



Submission by a Frack Free Geelong supporter

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 26 September 2014 at 4pm:

“To The Mayor & All CoGG Councillors & All Others to Whom This Should Concern

Under NO circumstances do I agree to any form of Fracking or investing of such an industry in Geelong or Victoria….The more I learn of this industry, the more this is so blatantly obvious to everyone that it is a very harmful, destructive, dangerous, damaging industry on every level.

There is NO way I & thousands of others around the country who understand how damaging Fracking is, will allow these companies in Victoria….regardless of the approved licences. There will be massive blockades at record levels, I can guarantee it…..numbers are growing, word is spreading, we will go to every house like those in Moriac, Mt Moriac, Freshwater Creek & Paraparap if we have to.

If Council do not join with Surf Coast Council, Barwon Water & Residents to stand for keeping Geelong & Victoria Frack Free, I & many will be informing & undertaking steps to gather evidence regarding current property value, full health checks, water quality with pre testing of methane & chemical levels & water & noise quality….as base line measurement to prepare & prove damages for legal action against Council, the State & Federal Government if necessary.

I am a single mother who was born in Geelong & lived here my whole life. I am appalled that these Fracking companies have ever been allowed to enter our beautiful country & have exploratory licences even granted……all behind our backs to destroy my property value, health, water & air quality & job prospects.

Every Council member needs to see the movie Gasland

& the movie filmed in Australia, Fractured Country

To further summarise the issues specifically I’d like to state known facts:

– Fracking has not been proven safe to either the environment or to those living in it – flora, fauna and people.

– Fracking relies on large volumes of heavy trucks and machinery entering and leaving local communities 24/7/365.

– Should any of the trucks carrying highly toxic chemicals become involved in a traffic accident, this could create a toxic spill that will need to be cleaned up. Unless the cleanup is 100% effective, the community may be in danger from the remnants of the spill. I understand the chemicals being used cause ill health and cancer.

– The industry does not employ locals or bring any benefit to the local economy.

Further, I am stunned we are even having to be made to go through this process of submissions, when our neighbouring Council in the Surf Coast did their own investigations & simply decided, long ago to keep the area Frack Free. Why……because it is a NO BRAINER. There is nothing to gain, only to lose as our number 1 industry in this Region being Tourism, with the Great Ocean Road & Otways being the biggest Tourist destination outside of Melbourne for domestic & international visitors.

See stats from Tourism Victoria under what’s their main purpose for coming.
www.tourism.vic.gov.au/research/domestic-and-regional-research/domestic-visitation.html…this demonstrates the enormity of Tourism in our Region & how important it is to us the residents of Geelong as the gateway to the Surf Coast & Great Ocean Road & therefore important to all the residents (our neighbours) in that region also.

Deciding anything other than to keep Geelong & Victoria Frack Free will destroy us economically, socially, agriculturally, affecting health, jobs, food, water levels & quality, air quality, property values etc.

We as a Region, State, Country & Planet need to be ONLY focusing on Sustainable, Renewable, Socially Conscious, Peaceful (not connected to wars & violence), Clean Green business, industry & manufacturing.

On Tuesday 23 Sept 2014 many leaders of the World met to discuss this very issue based on worldwide concern on our values, priorities, plans & goals in this area. Our Prime Minister chose not to go, the world is watching us. We Geelong & Victoria have an opportunity here to be the leaders in Sustainable Renewable Manufacturing etc we are among one of the sunniest countries in the world & are one of the most arid countries in the world. We can not sustain industries raping our land, planet & people of a sustainable life through mining & war any longer.

Mr Di Caprio summed it up perfectly on Tuesday at the UN Climate Summit in New York please watch & really listen to what he is saying:

Thank you for the opportunity to state my strong views to keep Geelong & Victoria Frack Free permanently & for our region & state to focus on Sustainable, Renewable, Clean Green enterprises only.”


Submission by Nat Cowdell

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 26 September 2014

“Dear councillors,

I write to you as a very concerned lifelong resident of Geelong on the issue of fracking.

In the last 2 years I have taken the time to educate myself on many environmental issues including the extremely dangerous process of gas extraction known as fracking. I have learnt about the process itself and the effect it has had on towns that have been fracked and the picture is very clear – allowing gas companies to frack Geelong would be catastrophic for our region. The risks to our precious land and water supply, the health risks to our residents, the list goes on.

But apart from the innumerable negative effects it would directly have on Geelong, there is simply no sense to fracking. The simple fact is gas can no longer be extracted from the ground conventionally or unconventionally. The burning of fossil fuels is causing global warming which is creating an unstable climate. Geelong is not immune to the effects of climate change. Quite the contrary – we are a bayside town!!! We can help protect our beautiful town by making smart choices. Geelong has such a wonderful opportunity right now for clean energy technology manufacturing. Geelong is more than ready to be a ‘Clean Tech Hub’.

Councillors – you have the power to help create a safe, resilient, frack-free future for Geelong. Please use that power.

Yours sincerely,

Natalie Cowdell”

Submission by a Frack Free Geelong supporter

This submission was sent to rthomas@geelongcity.vic.gov.au on 20 September 2014


Submission by a Frack Free Geelong supporter

“Dear City of Greater Geelong Councillors,

I am a mother who is extremely concerned about the world in which my children and grandchildren will grow up if we continue to use fossil fuels as energy sources.

Unconventional gas is a fossil fuel which the vast majority of the latest peer-reviewed science is telling us must remain in the ground if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change.

We have alternatives in clean renewable energy sources like the sun and the wind which will not only be safer, but also will provide new jobs in Geelong and district.

Geelong is at a crossroads. We can continue with fossil fuels which have served us well in the past, but which the rest of the world is now rejecting, or we can lead our state and country by embracing a clean energy job rich future.

Choose wisely, COGG councillors! Please protect you citizens and reject this invasive, toxic industry.”

Submission by a Frack Free Geelong supporter

“Dear Councillors of the City of Greater Geelong

I appreciate the opportunity to have a say on this very important issue. I congratulate the City of Greater Geelong for this initiative.

I am particularly concerned about the health impacts on going down the path of onshore gas exploration and extraction.

The usually conservative Australian Medical Association (AMA) has urged caution, saying we just don’t know enough about the health impacts to proceed at this stage. Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) and the Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA) go a little further and suggest a ban until the industry is able to prove that it is safe.

The health concerns come from most aspects of the gas industry’s practices:

– The mix of dangerous chemicals which are forced under pressure deep into the earth

– The fear of contamination of drinking water sources

– The impact of people living near the wells and being exposed to airborne pollutants 24/7

– The impact on mental health of seeing the area being turned into an industrial zone.

– The contribution this fossil fuel has to runaway climate change at a time when the latest peer-reviewed climate science is screaming out that we must leave all fossil fuels in the ground if we want a safe climate future.

I am deliberately focussing only on some of the health impacts in my submission. I know there are many others.

With all these concerns about the negative impacts of this industry, I can’t understand why we would be thinking of embracing unconventional gas in this area. There are alternatives, like clean renewable energy – wind, solar and wave energy, to name just three – which have none of these concerns and also have the potential to provide many more – and sustainable – local jobs in these times of high unemployment in City of Greater Geelong.”


Reasons why we don’t need to frack for gas

1) The local community bears the burden while the profits go elsewhere:

Gas prices go up not down – will have export parity price. Price in Asia is much higher, so gas companies won’t accept lower domestic price.

Industrial zone: Lights noise 24/7. Many more truck movements on our roads. Landscape mutilated by industrial gasfield zones. Tourism ruined. Real estate value drops

Local pollution from fugitive emissions, toxic chemicals, mining equipment and particulates from diesel powered equipment.

Risky gambling with drinking water and health. Impact on people living nearby and workers who are exposed to the chemicals and pollution. (A study which recently came out of Yale University found that people who lived near oil and unconventional gas operations had greater respiratory illnesses and skin rashes than those who lived further away.)

Water contamination: accidents happen. The industry claims – but at the same time won’t guarantee – that water contamination won’t happen. Evidence both from Queensland and the United States shows that this is happening.

Chemical use: Industry only mentions the least offensive ones – vinegar, ‘many of the chemicals are under people’s sinks’, or ‘chemicals used in making icecream’. Very few of the chemicals they use have been tested for health effects on people and animals, let alone when they are used in combination.

• Excessive use of water on the driest continent. The vast quantities of water needed to release oil and gas by fracturing rock formations are not available in large areas with the richest deposits – posing major challenges to the future viability of fracking. (According to a report by the World Resources Institute, 38 per cent of the areas where unconventional gas and oil is most abundant is arid or already under severe water stress – and the 386 million people living in these areas need all the spare water they can get.)

• What to do with produced waste water? Naturally occurring toxic chemicals and radio active elements which have been trapped in the rocks which are fractured are released with the gas. These plus 60 percent of the initial injected chemicals are returned to the surface. Not even reverse osmosis can remove some of these. Often these are just put into the local sewerage treatment system. Even the chemicals and elements which reverse osmosis can remove still have to be disposed of. They don’t just vanish. Where to?

2) Fracking is intergenerational theft, short-sighted and amoral. Here’s why:

• Unconventional gas mining is only profitable because costs of cleaning up and climate damage are not part of the equation. The mining industry has a century-old history of not cleaning up after itself.

• Investment in gas ming removes focus and economy from the transition to renewables and sustainable jobs. Every dollar spent on gas is one we don’t get to spend on renewables – slows down the transition to a post carbon world.

• Unnecessary detour. According to the latest peer-reviewed climate science we MUST leave fossil fuels in the ground if we want to avoid runaway climate change. The Climate Panel of the United nations, IPPC, reports using more urgent language at each successive report to say we must stop burning fossil fuels if we want future generations to have a safe climate.

• Gas mining jobs are not needed here, there are many more jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and that is the path we need to invest in. In California, for every job lost to fossil fuels, 50 new jobs have been created in energy efficiency.

Not cleaner than coal: Recent peer-reviewed science from Cornell University is raising serious doubts about the industry’s claim that it is cleaner than coal – fugitive emissions at every stage of its extraction through to use – methane is much worse in terms of greenhouse gas emissions than CO2.

What drives the gas mining industry forward is a desire to make profits. Local communities in Queensland are seeing the devastating consequences of this industry: Only a few people benefit financially from it, and they are not held accountable by authorities to pay the bills for the damage they create in the ground as well as in the air. See Tara in the Western Darling Downs for nightmarish health and community impacts.

‘Facts’ and ‘the science’ is being used as an argument for allowing onshore gas mining. Like the ‘fact’ that there has never been a ‘proven case’ of contamination of ground water because of fracking. Not true. Facts and science can be manipulated and deliberately mis-communicated and many other myths which are being created to delay the inevitable transition away from fossils fuels over to renewables.

You must ask yourself: Can the branch of CSIRO working on unconventional gas – which Council and media often refers to as the official ‘science’ on gas mining – be relied on to be impartial when they are funded by the unconventional gas industry?

If you find this ‘fact claiming’ rhetoric game a waste of time, then just stick to some of the 100 percent indisputable arguments why unconcentional gas mining must be permanently banned, such as, for instance:

• Gas is a fossil fuel and a greenhouse gas. Methane, which leaks in the gas production, is a fossil fuel and an extremely potent greenhouse gas. The greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels we flood our atmosphere and oceans with are damaging our planet to a point where it is getting really dangerous. It could get out of hand for humanity within the life time of our children.

• Fossil fuels are not just dangerous to the climate. They are dangerous to our health. Gas can explode. Gas production involves a lot of risks. Renewable energy sources don’t involve any such health risks.

• Gas prices are rising. More fracking won’t make gas cheaper to the consumer. On the contrary, prices are expected to triple soon. Meanwhile, prices on renewables are dropping – and will continue to drop.

• Why keep investing in a fossil exploration and exploitation such as gas when what we urgently need to invest in is modern and clean, renewable energy technology? There comes a time when we must say ‘stop it’, and that time is now.

» For more information about onshore gas extraction, see gas fact sheets, links to reports, videos, listen to a locally produced podcast, and find more information on: www.climatesafety.info/gasrush as well as here on this website.

» Send your submission to Council before 26 September 2014 on: www.geelongaustralia.com.au/yoursay

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