Erwin: Craig is right. In the folder holding my expired passport, …

Comment on TOs seek to block pipeline. Hendo in the gas business. by Frank Baarda.

Erwin: Craig is right.
In the folder holding my expired passport, there is a message from the then responsible minister: The Australian Government will assist Australians in trouble overseas whenever possible, wrote Alexander Downer.
Tell that to David Hicks and Julian Assange!
The very same Alexander Downer as the foreign minister put down Kevin Rudd’s ability to speak Mandarin, which in hindsight is about the most positive aspect of KR.
AD felt that there was no need to learn foreign languages, an opinion that qualifies him to high office as much as Australia’s Cultural Ambassador – Les Patterson.

Recent Comments by Frank Baarda

No takers for national nuke waste at public meeting
The police complex in Yuendumu I am told cost $7.6m. The contract for the Wadeye police complex was let if I recall correctly for $24m.
As Barbara Shaw pointed out, $10m isn’t much if seen in such a context.
As for community consultations, I’ve seen it often enough how Government officials operate. They never take NO for an answer. They’ll come back again and again until the exhausted community caves in, or fails to turn up at a critical poorly advertised meeting.
They’re very good at “smoke and mirrors” and rarely address pertinent questions that don’t fit in with their pre-determined outcomes.


“Our” gas: If you think Inpex is big …
Either very much has changed in the oil and gas industry since I started my career half a century ago as a “gravel picker” (geologist) in the “Oil Patch”, or we are dealing with a case of “counting one’s chickens before they’re hatched”.
To his credit Dave Tollner speaks in round numbers, but there is no mention of how this “… almost unimaginable …” quantity of gas was derived at.
“The Territory’s onshore reserves are four times as big, around 200 trillion cubic feet, says Treasurer and Mines Minister Dave Tollner”.
Unless he’s misquoted, and if he can prove it, Dave Tollner would have no trouble finding a replacement job.
He would save exploration companies a great deal of money by working for them as an oil and gas reservoir engineer who has developed a system of assessing reserves without the need for drilling etc.!


NATS spectators human beings or numbers?
A friend of mine told me that to boost the NT Economy, one should forget about things such as fracking. Combine tourism with prisons my friend suggested.
Which leads me to remark that the $12m boost the NATS are alleged to have injected into the NT economy is half the $24m that I was told the police station at Wadeye will cost.
As for most of our politicians (and the rest of us) would do well to study Statistics 101, with an emphasis on Significant Numbers and Correlations.
Cause and effect. Keep it real.


No oil, gas exploration in King’s Canyon national park
@ Ian: Apologies. I missed your (valid) point deliberately, so as to make my own (also valid) point.
I don’t question the value of agriculture and mining activities and agree that a balance should be sought.
Unfortunately the current situation where the quest for profits (and bugger the consequences) reigns supreme does not present the balance you speak of.


No oil, gas exploration in King’s Canyon national park
Ian, Marli may or may not have implied that she is against all mining.
Your invoking of ancient stone quarries and ochre pits is a bit disingenuous. Fracking per se has been around a long time. The Mereenie oilfield, with its tight (non porous) reservoir has had its “fracture porosity” production stimulated by fracking work-overs for decades.
What is different is what is called “non conventional” gas, gas fields consisting of hundreds of wells over agricultural land potentially leaking noxious fumes and contaminating underground water resources (as has happened in other parts of the world).
There is just no comparison to stone quarries and ochre pits. The mining and oil industries have a history of assuring the public that all measures are taken to prevent ecological disasters and what they’re doing is perfectly safe.
You tell that to the people of Ok Tedi, or living on the edges of the Gulf of Mexico, or Rum Jungle half a century ago.
And that’s not even thinking about who actually benefits from these massive projects.
I don’t think the people of Alice Springs are missing out on all that much when it comes to the pipeline. Certainly local suppliers will be by-passed as they were when the Alice Springs to Darwin railroad was built.
I recall they were advertising for 10 indigenous bulldozer operators with tickets. There was nowhere in the NT you could obtain such a ticket at the time.
The so called “trickle down effect” is a myth at best. More like a con.
As for the CLC’s tactical move. Good on them!
If only they had put in a bid on the TIO, or applied for a 99 year lease on the Port of Darwin!


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