ABC: Report warned Indigenous communities may struggle to benefit from fracking in the Northern Territory's Beetaloo Basin
A report has cast doubt on the fracking industry's promise of jobs and economic benefits for Indigenous communities near the Beetaloo Basin.
NT News: Secret Beetaloo basin fracking report released under FOI laws PDF of story attached
Traditional Owners have again slammed plans to frack the Beetaloo Basin following the release of a secret federal government report that found conditions were “not conducive to strong agreements being negotiated”.
FOI: Secret Morrison Govt Report reveals NT fracking offers limited benefits for Aboriginal people
A secret report, commissioned by the Morrison government but never released, concludes that Traditional Owners from the Beetaloo Basin in the NT are unlikely to make economic, social, cultural or other gains from fracking plans for the region, explaining that “conditions are currently not conducive to strong agreements being negotiated,” contradicting claims by the gas industry that jobs and economic benefits will flow to communities (ABC AM program today).
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Canberra Times: Call for federal action over NT water plan
Water experts and environmentalists are calling for the federal government to take action over the Northern Territory government's massive proposed ground water extraction plan that includes an allocation for gas fracking.
NT News: Territory government allows onshore petroleum companies to sell fracked gas during exploration phase
Nurrdalinji Aboriginal Corporation chair Johnny Wilson says new fracking laws do not allow Traditional Owners to protect and care for country.
ABC: Aboriginal land councils condemn Northern Territory government’s proposed fracking rules
MR: Fyles’ new Beetaloo Fracking Bill allows full scale fracking without Traditional Owner consultation
Traditional Owners from the Beetaloo Basin are alarmed about new laws, introduced by the NT government and due to be pushed through by the end of the year, which will allow fracking companies to mine and sell gas at a large scale for up to 15 years at the exploration stage, in what amounts to production by stealth and which sidesteps the usual requirements to consult and secure consent agreements with native title holders for full-scale industrial development on their country (ABC today: Traditional owners slam NT government’s 'disgraceful' plan to allow fracked gas to be sold before full approvals are granted).
The Age: Eddie Mabo’s lawyer says NT fracking plans could go against native title
NIT: Traditional Owners fear new NT law will create gas exploitation free-for-all
'Don't make the same mistake': Traditional Owners' warning over renewable projects on Aboriginal land
First Nations experts and Traditional Owners say the federal government must properly consult and share benefits with Aboriginal people in the development of the new green economy.
Canberra Times: Santos ends Darwin Festival sponsorship
Gas company Santos has ended its sponsorship of the Darwin Festival following a campaign by environmental activists and traditional owners.
ABC News: Pastoralists, traditional owners, environmental groups, call for moratorium on NT water licences
The Northern Territory government's management of water could "run rivers dry" and risk the livelihoods of future generations, a traditional owner has said during a major water conference in Darwin this week.
MR: NT govt charges fracking companies for water: Beetaloo Traditional Owners comment
Nurrdalinji Aboriginal Corporation, which represents Traditional Owners from across the Beetaloo Basin, comments on the NT government’s plans to consult about a water charging framework so that fracking companies may start to pay for water by 2023. See page 27 of the Draft Territory Water Plan.