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Origin Energy - Don't frack the NT

Origin email banner Origin have revealed their plans to frack for oil in the Northern Territory, against the wishes of Traditional Owners, Aboriginal communities and the majority of Territorians.

If Origin have their way, this would be Australia's first land-based shale oil and gas field, where every well would need to be fracked. It would be a climate disaster, destroying country and water.

An independent inquiry into fracking in the Northern Territory found Aboriginal communities overwhelmingly opposed fracking on their land. After the Inquiry, the Northern Territory government removed some gas licences, but the remaining licences surround Aboriginal communities.

We don't have time to waste - can you ask Origin to dump its dirty and dangerous fracking plans?

Shale gas and oil production is a form of unconventional mining that uses techniques like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

The United States is riddled with fracked oil fields. Here are some of the worst impacts:

  • Millions of litres of crude oil are spilled from pipelines every year in the United States, destroying land and polluting water.1
  • Waste water from fracking operations, containing high levels of ammonium, selenium, lead and other toxic contaminants as well as high salts, is frequently spilled from unconventional oil drill sites poisoning streams and lakes.2
  • Globally, over 300 million tonnes of CO2 are added to the atmosphere every year when waste gas is brunt at oil fracking wells.3

[1] 'Top 20 onshore U.S. oil and gas spills since 2010', USA Today, 17 November 2017.
[2] 'Contamination in North Dakota linked to fracking spills', Duke University, 27 April 2016.
[3] 'Zero Routine Flaring by 2030', World Bank, undated.

The Northern Territory Government was elected on a strong anti-fracking platform across the NT. After an inquiry that ignored oil fracking risks last year, the Government reneged on their promise, giving the green light to devastating new fracking fields.

Over 80% of the Northern Territory is now covered by petroleum exploration licences or applications, which may include exploration for shale gas and oil.


Origin Energy,

Traditional Owners and Aboriginal communities have stood up and said no to your aggressive plans to frack for oil and gas across the Northern Territory.

We call on you to listen to First Nations communities and dump your dirty and dangerous fracking plans.

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