Subsidising fracking in the Beetaloo Basin
$226 million government subsidy to NT frackers while gas takes charge of information program to Aboriginal communities
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.