Two high achievers of The Centre: One’s a miner planning to be a major commercial player in the region, the other a choir on the way to becoming an international sensation. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photos: Richard Cottee and the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir.
UPDATE: Meanwhile Labor Senator for the NT Malarndirri McCarthy has broken ranks with her party over the lifting of the moratorium, calling the move "quite contemptuous and disgraceful".
There is a lot of oil and gas in Central Australia, so much is clear, but there is usually a massive gap between proven reserves, and undiscovered resources interpreted by industry to exist on the basis of known geology, but which are not demonstrated. Fracking may become part of the game, but not in the immediate future, says Ian Scrimgeour, Executive Director, NT Geological Survey, who was at the 15th Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar attended by more than 200 delegates in Alice Springs this week. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
A massive coal-to-gas project in the Simpson Desert is caught up in a campaign by the Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) for a moratorium on coal seam and shale gas exploration.
ALEC says the project should be suspended "until a proper regulatory and environmental impact assessment framework is in place".
Although the Simpson Desert project by Central Petroleum (CP), aiming to produce "ultra clean diesel", does not involve the controversial process of fracking, ALEC includes it in its protest under the heading "other non-conventional gas exploration projects".
ALEC's Jimmy Cocking (pictured) says in similar ventures in China and Wyoming, USA, underground fires are burning out of control, causing major environmental damage. Central Petroleum says this is not true. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.