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Territory Labor refuses to support Petroleum Amendment Bill

Tuesday 24th of May 2016 08:50:09 AM



The Northern Territory Labor have rejected the Giles Government’s Petroleum Amendment Bill which will regulate onshore oil and gas and hydraulic fracking.

Shadow Mines spokesman Ken Vowles said voting for the legislation would be signing a blank cheque for Minister Dave Tollner to regulate fracking.

“Unfortunately the CLP and Dave Tollner have zero credibility when it comes to making open, transparent and responsible environmental decisions.”

Mr Tollner rejected Labor’s assertions, and accused them of running from science and playing “cheap jack” politics ahead of the election.

“Inpex has leases onshore it wants to use and it has come into their calculations and Labor’s ban on fracking means they can’t be developed. Labor has already killed jobs associated with Pangaea Resources and Imperial,” Mr Tollner said.

The reforms, if passed, will include mandatory gas well inspections, a clearer definition on what constitutes an ecologically sustainable development, and clarification on what ’best practice regulation’ defines.

Labor has committed to placing a complete ban on fracking altogether in the NT if it wins Government in August.



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