Trial and Terrible Error
“I took these readings on my front verandah with a private $5000 gas detector purchased explicitly for the purpose of citizen science, during a particularly powerful bout of “Linc Stink”. The following is my testimony as to my experience living with the impact of this industry.” (It shows a reading of 4.4 ppm of VOC)
For those living in the gasfields of the Western Downs and those fighting the battle not to join them, it is through the government’s insatiable greed to grab the last gasp from a decaying fossil fuel industry with profit going to government donors that leaves us in the position we are in.
It is the fact that Human Rights considerations are not even on the regulatory or decision making playing field when it comes to the actions that the government make regarding environment, land, water, air and health.
The government cover this greedy approach with the pretence of “robust regulation” and trials that result in terrible errors.
The government keep using ‘robust regulation’ and reduction of risk to try to continue to force the results they desire, in the mean time their track record speaks for itself using the Linc contamination incident as an example.
Because human rights considerations are not even on the playing field it means that:
- that the State Government of Queensland now find themselves in court shadow boxing with a ghost trying to exact blame for unprecedented contamination of prime agricultural land by a project that they themselves permitted and favoured and indeed had a financial stake in;
- the government legal shadow boxing has nothing to do with those impacted, only an attempt at upholding the “robust regulation” that was supposed to prevent the terrible error in the first place;
- the Government failed to hear the warnings of the people subjected to this trial and terrible error;
- the Government failed to monitor and follow up complaints;
- the Government failed to undertake any testing in relation to the exposures of the people through land, water and air, and those people still don’t know, nor will they ever, the impact the exposure to this contamination over 10 years had on their families;
- the Government believed what the company was telling them, not bothering to verify and ignoring the concerns of the people;
- the company was able to use modelling instead of real world monitoring, and environmental sampling instead of people focused scientific hygiene based methods;
- the people impacted who were promised robust regulation now find themselves with no legislative leg to stand on, and needing to take to class action to have that impact even marginally recognised;
- the same people from this trial and terrible error in government positions and in private enterprise are now the same people using the same methods and the same failures to force the CSG/fracking industry ‘boom‘.
Nothing has changed, the same play book is being used, the same ‘trials’ are being undertaken and the same terrible errors that have already occurred will occur again, because the issues of human rights are not included in the purely economic and avarice based decisions being made by our ‘government‘.
Submitting Testimony of your experience of the unconventional gas industry and its impact on your human rights will help the Tribunal to produce legally literate and serious judgements on an international stage that will cause social and political influence that puts human rights on the playing field and able to influence the “captain’s call”.
(‘Trial and Terrible Error’ is a phrase that Kathleen Dean Moore used in her presentation)