Sir – We condemn the sneaky – but not surprising – decision by NT Environment Minister Eva Lawler (pictured) to sign off on Origin Energy’s Beetaloo Basin fracking plans just two days before Christmas.
The decision came shortly before it was revealed the NT increased its LNG output by 153% in 2019 to more than 10.5 million tonnes, further proving the Territory has no need to undertake dirty and polluting fracking to find more gas.
The timing of the decision was typical of the NT Government, and showed it was trying to avoid scrutiny over its support for fracking.
This was an outrageous and underhanded way of wasting millions of litres of the NT’s water on dirty and dangerous fracking projects in the Beetaloo Basin.
Origin admits that one fracked gas well can use up to 60 million litres of water. We can no longer allow this kind of insane environmental degradation to take place upon the driest inhabited continent on earth.
As well, if gas companies like Origin and Santos are not stopped by communities, they will release 22 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent into the atmosphere equating to more than 20 years of Australia’s annual emissions.
The NT’s precious natural resources shouldn’t be put at risk so massive companies could sell dirty, polluting gas to the highest bidder overseas as the NT is already producing record volumes of gas exports.
If the Northern Territory is looking to create long lasting jobs for the decade ahead, international projects like solar power exports and world-class tourism will attract investment without the pollution impacts.”
Protect Country Alliance