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25 February 20, 8:49am The #oilandgas industry remains hopeful the Victorian government will "see sense" and lift the moratorium on conven… https://t.co/BwS4OM1DgW
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24 February 20, 2:29pm The #oilandgas industry welcomes the Victorian Opposition @michaelobrienmp's announcement to support lifting the st… https://t.co/UHrhMNojlI
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24 February 20, 9:38am APPEA is calling for submissions for the prestigious 2020 Environment and Safety Excellence Awards highlighting out… https://t.co/TvcF24CeGS
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19 February 20, 11:22am NOW OPEN - Calling for submissions for APPEA's 2020 Environment and Safety Excellence Awards highlighting leadershi… https://t.co/fAYzSI9EBZ
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Letter to the editor, Centralian Advocate (20 June)
 
It’s no surprise to see The Australia Institute sees no benefit in developing the NT’s natural resources (Centralian Advocate, Letters, 16/6). After all, it has also claimed there were no benefits from the North West Shelf and Snowy Hydro projects.
 
Anti-development groups such as TAI will always argue there are reasons to do nothing.
 
But the truth is the safe and sustainable development of the NT’s onshore gas resources has the potential to deliver real economic benefits.
 
Deloitte Access Economics has found that developing onshore gas could increase NT government revenues by almost $1 billion by 2040 and create up to 6300 jobs.
 
Many of these jobs will go to local businesses, especially in regional areas. This is consistent with the contribution the onshore oil and gas industry has already made in South Australia and in Queensland.
 
The NT fracking inquiry recently commissioned its own economic modelling to evaluate the impact of new gas development. The gas industry respects this process and expects it will deliver an independent and credible analysis.
 
TAI’s work cannot be described in those terms.
 
Matthew Doman
APPEA