ABC: Resources Minister reissues millions in 'invalid' grants to fracking company

February 23, 2022 3:58 PM

Resources Minister Keith Pitt has reissued millions of dollars in grants to a fracking company searching for gas buried deep in the Beetaloo Basin, just months after a federal judge ruled the grants invalid and "legally unreasonable".

The Environment Centre NT launched a legal challenge in July last year, questioning the lawfulness of the Minister's decision to grant up to $21 million of taxpayer money to Imperial Oil & Gas, a subsidiary of Empire Energy, while they were the subject of court proceedings.

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