National Indigenous Radio Network: Traditional owners condemn government for gas handouts

August 03, 2021 4:28 PM

Traditional owners have given emotional evidence at a Senate inquiry into fracking in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin.

Opening up parts of the Northern Territory for hydraulic-fracturing – or fracking – is a major part of the Morrison government’s ‘gas-led recovery’ which has been incentivised by $50 million of taxpayer money to explore the region.

One company, Empire Energy, has already been given $21 million in government grants to fund the drilling of three wells in the basin’s east. The company is a political donor and Liberal-linked, the senate inquiry has previously heard.

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