Officials in the Northern Territory have approved hydraulic fracturing operations in the massive gas reserves in the Betaloo basin, drawing the ire of scientists and local indigenous communities.
Billions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs created: that’s what the Northern Territory government in Australia is promising, as it this week gave the green light to hydraulic fracturing in the Betaloo Basin, an enormous gas reserve the size of Brittany.
Natasha Files, who leads this Australian region, also plans to make a local contribution to global energy security by: “It’s about time “For the Northern Territory to provide the energy needed for the world’s transition to renewables”, she mentions.
The Noordalinji tribe sees this as very bad news
Natural gas offered as a transition energy towards carbon neutrality is indeed an admirable position by the Australian government. For Jonny Wilson, a representative of the Noordalinji Aboriginal community living in the Betaloo basin, the decision is particularly bad news.
“We are totally against fracking and the government is wrong to support it. It will destroy our sacred sites, our cultural heritage and our water resources.”Johnny Wilson
The controversial project, which has been shelved in the past, has promised to honor all the recommendations of a parliamentary report released four years ago.
The central government is keeping silent despite its promises
Despite strong commitments to the fight against global warming and the inclusion of Aboriginal people in the decision-making process, Canberra’s new federal government, like Johnny Wilson, is deeply skeptical of the scientific community. For now.
“The Albanian government must take steps to prevent authorities in the northern region from approving fracking, but must ensure that all the recommendations in the Senate report on the Betalu Basin are implemented.” Called Johnny Wilson. “In particular, He points out, Implementation of a national plan to offset all direct and indirect emissions generated by the project in Betaloo.” Once operational, Betaloo Basin shale gas extraction is expected to generate nearly 90 million tons of CO2 per year.
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