NIT: Fracking risk ‘negligible’, NT Govt says, as native title group voices opposition

June 01, 2022 5:57 PM

The Northern Territory government has stood by its decision to approve four new Origin fracking wells in the Beetaloo Basin on Friday despite strong opposition from an activist native title group.

The approval came on the same day Tamboran Resources cut fences and moved heavy equipment onto Rallen Australia’s cattle station without consent of pastoralists.

Nurrdalinji Native Title Aboriginal Corporation chairman Gudanji-Wambaya man Johnny Wilson said Traditional Owners were heartbroken by the decision to approve expanded fracking operations.

“This is our country, our family and our future, everything that is important to us is in grave danger,” he said.

“We have repeatedly said we do not want this fracking, but the government and gas companies are ignoring us and putting money before our right to preserve country, sacred sites and water.

“Our clans and families talk to one another and are becoming more and more worried that this fracking is occurring right across the area.”

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