Environmentalists have defeated the Morrison government’s attempt to develop onshore gas fields in the Northern Territory, arguing that the negative effects of climate change have not been properly considered.
The Northern Territory Environmental Center has argued in federal court that a $ 21 million government grant for a drilling program in the Beataru Basin is legally unreasonable for multiple reasons.
Federal Resources Minister Keith Pitt said he relied on advice that the three Imperial drilling projects were likely to generate more than $ 70 million in investment, which was incorrect.
ECNT lawyers also said Mr Pitt should have considered the potential climate change risks of developing onshore shale gas fields before giving taxpayer money to Imperial Oil and Gas.
Although they failed for those reasons, Judge John Griffith said the funding agreement signed on September 9 immediately after ECNT filed an urgent court hearing on this issue was legally unreasonable. , Agreed that there was an error in jurisdiction.
He ordered and declared on Thursday that the federal decision to enter into three contracts with Empire Energy’s subsidiaries was invalid.
The Beetaloo sub-basin is estimated to hold more than 200,000 petajoules of gas.
According to one expert report, gas extraction and consumption from the area represents a 13% increase in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2020.
The $ 21 million contract between the government and the Empire Energy subsidiary is part of the $ 50 million Federal Grant Program.
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