Many Native Title holders were never consulted by Origin at all, even though they have a legal obligation to talk to them. And the meeting takes place amidst concerns by pastoralists on stations where Origin have begun civil works last month, write Ray Dimakarri Dixon, Daniel Tapp and Marylou Potts.
Activists are taking to the Stuart Highway to slow down transports of mining equipment heading for fracking sites in the Territory, while traditional owners are on their way to Sydney Town Hall with a message for Origin that it hasn't got their consent for fracking their land.
More than 6000 submissions have been sent in response to the first public Environmental Management Plan for an NT fracking site – a huge number for the Territory, and a sign the public is deeply concerned about the proposal, writes Graeme Sawyer from the Protect Country Alliance.
Origin Energy explains the structure of fracking wells: A heavily armoured vertical pipe, and deep under ground, a horizontal one designed for being perforated for fracking. The controversial deformed section of the pipe was in the horizontal part and the damage is not much different to the perforations used, says the company. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
UPDATE February 14, 5:40pm
Statement from Origin Energy: Lock the Gate apologises to the NT Scientific Inquiry.
Is "well casing deformation" an euphemism for something very nasty? Did the fracking inquiry and the NT Government cover up something? The Frack Free Alliance wants to know why an apparently whitewashed report was published by the inquiry while it and the government knew the truth. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
As the Australian gas industry is price gouging to cover export losses, the Territory has the chance of using its licensing powers to bring down domestic prices, says financial analyst Bruce Robertson (pictured). Report by ERWIN CHLANDA.
UPDATE Aug 1, 11:47am No comment from Minister Vowles.
Even if the current fracking enquiry gives the green light, it will take up to eight years until it’s known how much gas we have. The industry’s future will depend on much more exploration, the market and politics, and some current claims about the reserves are inaccurate. ERWIN CHLANDA spoke with Origin's David Close (pictured), who was at the Geoscience Exploration Seminar in Alice Springs this week.