It is an absurd and fanciful position for the CLP …

Comment on CLP pushes for oil & gas, including fracking by Alex.

It is an absurd and fanciful position for the CLP to take in believing that oil and gas exploration is capable of protecting our natural assets and agricultural industries.
Climate Change is already emerging as one of the biggest threats to land productivity and oil and gas exploration will only further degrade productivity.
Oil and gas employs a negligible proportion of the NT working population and provides a minuscule amount of revenue for the Territory Government.
It is capital intensive and polluting regardless of how “robust” a regulatory system could be.
Oil and gas is dwindling in its importance to the economy as renewable energy establishes its rightful place as a sustainable, affordable and healthy form of energy.
The CLP continues to prove their political ineptitude and that they are incapable of providing a vision for the future of the Territory by adopting this position.

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The police involved were not wearing their mandatory identification labels on the day. This is a deliberate attempt by them to escape accountability for their heavy handed tactics on the day.


Developing gas in the Territory, as seen by an industry leader
Contamination of aquifers from shale gas extraction is a reality.
Many peer reviewed scientific papers have documented at the least a positive association with groundwater contamination and actual incidents of contamination.
Aquifers have been contaminated with methane and heavy metals through mechanical failure and migration of substances taking advantage of increased connectivity between groundwater systems created through hydraulic fracturing.
The groundwater dependent Territory cannot afford to take such a risk. If exploration continues into production it is only a matter of time before contamination occurs.
Such a huge potential reserve has vast carbon implications.
We are now at such a stage of warming that discovered deposits need to stay in the ground so we can prevent further catastrophic climate change.
The cosy relationship between government and industry also leaves a lot to be desired. There is no social licence to operate and there never will be in the Territory.


Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
@ Hal: In regards to the liquid storage of CSG waste in the mine, have a look at a few of the EIS documents at: https://ntepa.nt.gov.au/environmental-assessments/register/chandler-facility/draft-eis
Specifically appendices F,G and I.
These discuss the proposed hydraulic back fill processing method and list the estimated volume of CSG wastes and other materials.
Injection of a viscous slurry is one proposed method of disposal.


Salt mine: Alice needs to grasp a major opportunity
The mining of salt is only half the story of this project. Tellus intends to transport, process and store vast quantities of hazardous waste into the mine voids as the salt is removed.
These include thousands of litres of CSG waste material and heavy metals including cadmium and lead. This will be done through pumping a noxious slurry underground as well as solid forms of storage.
The potential legacy of this mine is therefore huge. What is concerning about waste disppsal here is that it will be exempt from regulations controlling the waste during mining and there is signifcant uncertainty about how it will be regulated several years down the track considering the Gunner government is currently reforming the licences around waste disposal.
While it may represent a great economic opportunity it is vital that we know exactly what materials, concentrations and laws are in place to protect our groundwater systems from potential contamination events that could occur many decades later.


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