Traditional Owners from  across the Northern Territory have told a Beetaloo Basin  Senate inquiry that they do not consent to fracking on their land  because  it threatens  their water supplies,cultural heritage and  sacred sites.  

photo courtesy Dorinda Cox

The Northern Territory Labor government, supported by the federal Liberal and Labor parties, has opened up half of the Northern Territory to oil and gas drilling .. including a 50 million dollar grant  to help  fast track the process in the Beetaloo Basin.

 The Senate inquiry heard evidence directly from Traditional Owners in Darwin  on Wednesday morning.

Speaking shortly after the  hearings  GetUp’s First Nations Justice Campaign Director Larissa Baldwin said  “Traditional Owners have now told the Morrison Government face-to-face that they do not consent to climate-destroying fracking in the Beetaloo…. and  Governments have a responsibility to respond to their call. 

Chair of the Senate Beetaloo Basin Inquiry..  Yamatji Noongar women and  Australian Greens Senator for WA Dorinda Cox said the NT government  was not regulating the exploration  process and was still  working on a policy position.

Greens Senators Lydia Thorpe and Dorinda Cox