An "independent certified third party inspector" should be assessing the oil and gas wells, urged international energy law expert Tina Hunter (at left), who advises the NT Government. But Mines Minister Dave Tollner (at right) doesn't like the idea. Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.
"Our great pressure is cost of generation, not greenhouse emissions," says Treasurer Dave Tollner, supporting his stance with facts and numbers still short in supply on the other side of the debate. EXCLUSIVE by ERWIN CHLANDA. Photo: Austrian-built Jenbacher piston engines built for gas similar to the ones to be installed in the new power station.
Internationally renowned expert in energy law, Dr Tina Hunter, first engaged as an advisor by Labor, has found the NT’s petroleum regulations to be a major step forward, but detailed guidelines still need to be out in place, writes David Tollner (pictured), Minister for Mines and Energy.
The North West Shelf has deposits of 55 to 60 trillion cubic feet of gas and that sparked the Inpex development (at left) in Darwin worth $34b. The Territory's onshore reserves are four times as big, says Treasurer and Mines Minister Dave Tollner (at right), so big it can make the NT a global player. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
Palmer United Party leader Alison Anderson says she would not comment about any coalition with Labor before consulting with her two colleagues, Larisa Lee and Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu. She was speaking after Dave Tollner failed last night to regain his position of Deputy Leader. Mr Tollner has gone on a two-week break, leaving the future of the Giles Government in limbo. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The hype was huge when nearly five years ago, a $10m Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) project linking businesses across the outback was launched in Alice Springs with a video link across much of the nation.
Not much is left of that today as a report commissioned by the NT Government has little good to say about the organisation that, the report claims, "myopic optimism that … is further demonstrated in the self-referential nature of the Board, the senior management and those with whom it decides to engage."
In September 2009, DKA CEO John Huigen (blue tie) and NT Minister Chris Burns (on the screen at left) in Darwin joined Federal Parliament and nine towns in Desert Australia via a video link on Monday to launch an initiative that will make the buck stop in the outback. Joy Taylor, DK Network Development, did the talking in The Alice. Ron Saint (seated at right), from project partner Telstra, was in the launch audience. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.