The human toll of fracking catalogued. Van Dieman’s Land, Australia.

Dr Geralyn McCarron is a GP who practices in Brisbane. Her primary medical degrees are from the Queens University of Belfast in Northern Ireland; she is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, member of the National Toxics Network, and member of Doctors for the Environment Australia. Dr McCarron has spent more than five years intimately involved in the experiences of those living in the gasfields of Australia, which places her in a unique position among her peers and certainly well respected by the impacted communities. This experience has led Dr McCarron to provide testimony both nationally and internationally regarding the health impacts of the industry and most recently authoring and publishing a peer reviewed paper.…

Published on Feb 3, 2018

Van Dieman’s’s Land is actually the original name for Tasmania.  The term, however, now seems more appropriate for the Darling Downs as so many are dying there after the area was fracked and the people are being killed by massive environmental pollution, by extraction corporations now in the ownership of Shell.

There is a historical link between The Darling Downs and Van Dieman’s Land, as explained below.

Major-General Ralph Darling was appointed Governor of New South Wales in 1825, and in the same year he visited Hobart Town, and on 3 December proclaimed the establishment of the independent colony, of which he became governor for three days.


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