Education held to ransom in Giles fracking bid

p2222-fracking-demo-2LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – A Facebook announcement by Chief Minister Adam Giles over the weekend for “Knowledge Territory”, promoting education vouchers if the Territory receives royalty payments from onshore gas fracking, is  blackmail, a con and holding our children’s education to ransom.

 

In the face of less-than-expected royalties flowing in QLD from onshore gas and a lack of any commercially proven onshore shale gas reserves in the NT, Mr Giles’s voucher package appears on shaky ground.

 

Expecting big royalties from fracked gas in the NT is a delusion.

 

We only have to look across the border to Queenslan, where royalties from the 6,000 unconventional gas wells drilled there have only delivered a quarter of the royalty funds expected.

 

The Courier Mail reported the reality last year: The promise of a flood of royalty revenue from the coal seam gas boom is evaporating.

 

Any meager royalty payments from fracking companies in the NT are likely to be needed for repairing the damage the industry is known to cause to roads and public infrastructure, to clean up the pollution and legacy issues from thousands of fracked wells, and to deal with the negative social impacts of FIFO mining camps on regional and remote communities.

 

As the NT election draws closer, the Chief Minister appears to be reaching new lows in an attempt to sell the CLP’s position of supporting gas fracking across the Territory.

 

Despite the already low royalty rates, gas companies such as Origin who are planning to frack in the Territory are currently appealing Queensland Government royalty decisions, trying to reduce the royalty amount they pay even further.

 

Naomi Hogan

Lock the Gate Alliance NT

 

 

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  1. Braedon Earley
    Posted May 17, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Hopefully Territorians can see through this. Giles is trying to by a public license from the people. There is no scientific argument that confirms beyond all reasonable doubt that fracking is safe for the environment. If its not safe, don’t do it. 1 Territory will ban fracking if elected to office, in the Northern Territory.

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