Please make a direct comment on the terms of reference for the inquiry on the NT Government Website here - https://nt.gov.au/news…/public-consultations/frackinginquiry
Some key points to include (from Don't Frack the Territory and the Central Australian Frack Free Alliance):
- Fails to empower the panel to look at the full impacts of the unconventional gas industry.
- Fails to require new water studies to better understand the Territories water resources before fracking gasfields are built.
- Fails to consider the issues facing landholders including compensation clauses, access agreement and the right to say no.
- Fails to have any Indigenous representation on the panel or consideration of the impacts of unconventional gasfields across the lands and waterways of Aboriginal people of the Territory.
- Fails to investigate no go areas.
Below is a link for a most interesting and also quite concerning interview with Nutwood Downs Station owner Rod Dunbar who is in forced access negotiations with Origin Energy who have said they intend to construct several hundred wells on his Northern Territory cattle station.
Rod highlights the stressful nature of the negotiations, the fact that Origon are confident that the moratorium will not stop the process of fracking, and the fact that Origon will not put in a clause on the contract to compensate him in case of water contamination - even though they assure him it is safe.
Please take 10 minutes to listen to this - it's very educational.