Knitting Nannas protest Tamboran shale gas plan in Beetaloo

August 22, 2023
Outside the Tamboran Resources meeting. Photo: Sydney Knitting Nannas and Friends/Facebook

The Sydney Knitting Nannas Against Gas and supporters protested outside a Tamboran Resources meeting on August 21, calling for an end to plans to frack the Beetaloo Basin in the Northern Territory.

The Nannas handed out flyers to those entering the building, while others held placards and sang protest songs.

“We stand in solidarity with the Traditional Owners of the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Alawa, Mudburra, Gudanji, Mara and Jingili Nations” who have opposed fracking for gas on their lands for more than a decade.

They pointed to the risks from hundreds of gas wells across the Beetaloo Basin, endangering aquifers, to reach the shale.

“We don’t have to do this. There are alternatives without the massive risk of shale gas fracking but the gas industry is fighting for profits and 20 more years of fossil fuel mining.”

The Nannas believe that the recently introduced water trigger into environmental laws means that “fracking should not proceed without this protection being available”.

“Traditional Owners also need the protection of the promised national cultural heritage legislation, which has yet to be drafted.”

[For more information and to get involved visit Sydney Knitting Nannas & Friends.]

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