Traditional Owners oppose Tamboran’s gas plans that risk water, country, sacred sites

February 27, 2024 10:22 AM

Traditional owners from the Beetaloo Basin today expressed their concerns about Tamboran Resources’ fracking plans in response to new flow results released yesterday. They say they will continue to oppose fracking in their bid to protect country, water and culture for future generations.

Nurrdalinji Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, which represents native title holders from the Beetaloo Basin, made a submission opposing Tamboran’s latest plans for 15 wells as part of its Shenandoah South E&A Program EP98 and EP117 Environment Management Plan. The plans are currently before the NT government for approval.

Chair of Nurrdalinji, Djingili elder Samuel Janama Sandy, said, “Traditional Owners do not want Tamboran drilling for gas. We worry about fracking poisoning water and leaving nothing for our grandchildren. Tamboran have already been fined for pollution and we can’t trust them to look after country.

“If we see thousands of fracking wells then where will we take our grandchildren fishing and hunting? Where will we go if fracking damages country and pollutes the water?
“Our culture, stories and communities are connected by the waters that flow underground. We can’t afford to risk this, just to fill Tamboran’s pockets with cash.

“We want better health and housing and jobs, but not jobs that involve drilling our country. The sun is free and we should be using that for energy, not the gas.”