NT govt and Tamboran Beetaloo fracking deal a scam: Traditional Owners comment

April 24, 2024 9:15 AM

WHAT: The NT government has signed a deal with US gas company Tamboran Resources to buy fracked gas from the Beetaloo Basin from a proposed drilling project which is yet to receive Ministerial approval.

WHO: Nurrdalinji Aboriginal Corporation represents native title holders from the Beetaloo Basin region. It made a submission opposing Tamboran’s current Environmental Management Plan now before the Minister, noting concerns about inadequate consultation and risks to country and water.

Chair of Nurrdalinji, Djingili Elder Samuel Janama Sandy said:

“The Territory government has jumped the gun. It hasn't even looked closely at the risks of fracking to our water, country and sacred sites but it's already done a deal with Tamboran.

“We don’t want that fracking on our country. Tamboran can't be trusted. They've already been fined for pollution from one well. What will happen if they drill hundreds of them?

“Traditional Owners are fed up with the big lies told about the jobs and economic benefits of gas.

“The Territory government has done a handshake with Tamboran, under the table, out of sight and out of mind.

“Tamboran should pack its bags and go home.”

ABC on Tamboran pollution events at Maverick 1 drilling site here and here.