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Inpex wins controversial
gas, oil deal at Beetaloo
A GLOBAL energy company has
sealed a controversial deal to ex-
plore for onshore oil and gas around
Beetaloo Station, north east of El-
Chief Minister Adam Giles named Inpex as
the successful applicant for the 4000 square
kilometres of land in the Beetaloo sub-basin,
one of the Territory’s most prospective areas
for onshore petroleum.
“The multi million dollar, five year explo-
ration proposal promises to deliver huge
economic benefits and job opportunities for
Territorians, adding to extensive onshore
exploration that’s already underway in the
region,” he said.
“The acreage, crossed by the Amadeus gas
pipeline, became available as a direct result
of the Government’s use-it or lose-it policy
which is aimed at stimulating active explo-
ration of granted land across the Territory.
“It is the first onshore petroleum explora-
tion acreage release in the Territory under
the Government’s new competitive tender
process which was designed to ensure there
is a streamlined approach to accessing land
for petroleum exploration and promotes
open competition in the industry.”
Inpex Director Australia Ventures, Tony
Pytte, welcomed the announcement, say-
ing his company’s experience and record
of responsible and safe exploration and
development had helped to earn the right to
pursue access to the acreage.
“As a global oil and gas exploration and
production company, we actively pursue
new opportunities to fulfil our growth aspi-
rations,” he said.
“We will work hard to see this NT oppor-
The news, however, has been devastating
for environmental groups who say the ex-
traction process will devastate the landscape.
Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is the con-
troversial practice of injecting high pressure
water, toxic chemicals and sand into drilled
holes to shatter shale rocks so natural gases
can be released into wells for collection.
Not only is the process water-use intensive
but methane and carcinogenic chemicals
leach into groundwater.
At best, only 50 per cent of the non-bio-
degradable fracturing fluid is recoverable.
Thousands of cases of contaminated water
have been identified at fracking sites with
complaints of respiratory, sensory and neu-
rological damage following the ingestion of
In the Beetaloo Basin case, the groundwa-
ter is on the cusp of the Wiso and Georgina
basins, the same source used by Elliott,
Tennant Creek and other stations and com-
munities in the northern Barkly.
Continued on page 4.
2 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2015
THE CLP Government’s chaos and dysfunc-
tion continues with the 14th Cabinet reshuf-
fle in just two and a half years.
Cabinet represents Executive Government the most
important decision making authority however since
August 2012 the CLP lauds two chief ministers, five
deputy chief ministers, five treasurers, three police
ministers, five education ministers, five housing min-
isters, six business ministers and six sports ministers!
The calamity of a CLP Government ministerial
revolving door proves they can’t run themselves let
alone the Northern Territory.
The most recent CLP leadership debacle gave title to
an ‘apparent’ Chief Minister with effectively nine out
of 13 colleagues voting out Adam Giles so are we to
believe their 14th Cabinet and unpopular leader will
The situation within the CLP Government is past
ridiculous becoming the laughing stock of the nation
and Territorians are calling for an early election.
Essentially the CLP are focused on self-interest,
ego, blame and power ignoring the needs of North-
ern Territory families and business while dodging
responsibility for painful 30 per cent power, 40 per
cent water and 25 per cent sewerage price increases.
While CLP politicians jostle for positions large fam-
ily households need to find and extra $2,000 dollars
a year just to keep the lights on!
Small businesses either pass the cost of massive
utilities increases on to consumers or reduce their
capacity for business growth and jobs after six CLP
bBusiness minister’s look after themselves.
Five CLP treasurers oversee the cost of living bur-
den on Territorians dramatically increased under an
arrogant CLP Government who promised reducing
the cost of living for families and business.
Continuing CLP infighting and instability devastates
critical services like Education where the Department
had a new Minister almost every school semester as
Public Servants struggle implementing Government
The political reality of CLP Government instability
means major businesses and investors keen to engage
in negotiations for projects have no guarantee that
Ministers or even the Chief Minister are sustainable
consequently looking elsewhere, interstate.
Sadly Territorians are losing out while infighting for
political survival dominates the CLP Government’s
agenda highlighting the description by fifth Treasurer
Tollner, ‘like a nest of vipers.’
The Department of Children and Families Chief
Executive resignation citing the position untenable
sounds alarm bells in the community when CLP in-
fighting now affects our most vulnerable children’s
Governments are elected to lead however when
leadership turns to self-interest, self-preservation and
blame the constituency must demand their democratic
right to elect a new Government!
The CLP Government gagged initial debate over a
vote of no-confidence however Leader of the Opposi-
tion gave notice of a no-confidence motion against the
Government debated Tuesday 24 February.
Member for Barkly
Opposition has no
confidence in CLP
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