Subsidising fracking in the Beetaloo Basin

Submission to Senate Environment and Communications References Committee
by Rhiannon Verschuer, Mark Ogge and Rod Campbell

Unconventional gas in the Northern Territory is unpopular and uneconomic, risking water resources, the climate and taxpayer funds. It provides little revenue and very few jobs. Government-commissioned studies show this is unlikely to change under modelled production scenarios. The recommendations of the Territory’s fracking inquiry are not being met, particularly information programs for Aboriginal people which are being led by the gas industry. The Commonwealth should not further subsidise unconventional gas development.

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