Gas fracking is a dirty industry, polluting water, air, and land, putting health and climate at risk. The pollution from the Beetaloo basin alone would be equal to that of over 50 coal fired power stations! This year, the Labor government introduced new laws requiring frackers like Tamboran to offset the emissions they pollute, but left it vague on who exactly is paying for these offsets. The frackers reckon the government should pay, and use public money to foot the bill.
So let’s get this straight. Tamboran wants to frack the NT - and in the process poison ground water, trash land rights, lock in decades of warming - and then they want to use public money to pay for their pollution? Not on our watch. For decades, fossil fuel companies have been getting all kinds of tax breaks and handouts of public money, making record profits by fuelling the climate crisis. Paying for their own pollution is the bare minimum, because let’s be real here, the best way to stop pollution from the Beetaloo is to not frack it.
We're calling on Minister Nick Duigan to use his position on the Energy and Climate Ministerial Council to ensure that costs of offsetting fracking in the NT fall on fossil fuel companies. Make polluters pay for their own pollution!