Nicole Pietsch, Strategy and Communications Manager, Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) and Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online exchange views about yesterday's report headed "Help from fracking campaigner, or manipulating students".
The anti-fracking lobby, which has played a major role in the NT election campaign, is outraged over what new Chief Minister Michael Gunner has announced this morning about the moratorium that was a cornerstone of his policies. ALEC spokeswoman Nicole Pietsch (pictured) has joined the Lock the Gate Alliance in an attack on the new Chief Minister.
RePower Alice Springs is looking at how communities around Oz are taking charge of renewable electricity generation, such as the initiative in Port Augusta (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA. UPDATED, Federal poll pledges.
RePower Alice, water allocations, environmental regulations, battling buffel, making money: Busy year for ALEC. PHOTO: Staffers Carmel Vandermolen (left) and Nicole "Peachy" Pietsch flank director Jimmy Cocking at Friday's first birthday celebration of the new offices in Gap Road.
The Town Council has been asked to write to the NT Government to ask for a guarantee that the existing Alice Springs water supply is protected from shale gas exploration in the region. Such a guarantee should include an outline of the evidence on which it is based. The request came from director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC), Jimmy Cocking, who spoke to council last night on the controversial issue of fracking – the method by which shale gas is extracted. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
We are concerned that statements by Federal Industry Minister MacFarlane will drive intensive shale gas fracking across Northern Territory basins and into the Kimberley in WA, writes Jimmy Cocking (pictured), Director, Arid Lands Environment Centre.
Fracking can play a critical role in making the Northern Territory one of the world's largest natural gas exporters, unlocking an estimated 240 trillion cubic feet of gas, 10 times more than the Ichthys project and Mereenie combined. This much cleaner energy source would replace the need for 30 million tonnes of coal, says mining giant Santos. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. PHOTO: Protest at last night's council meeting.