Land based exploration and mining
Arafura Oil and Gas have applied for rights for oil and gas exploration covering large tracts of land around the Maningrida area, up to 90km inland.
Although Traditional Owners can reject the mining proposal through Land Rights legislation, there is great concern that the process for information dissemination and Aboriginal feedback is flawed. For example, the exploration proposals were advertisied in Darwin based english language newspapers. These papers are rarely available in the Maningrida area, and English is often the 3rd or 4th language spoken. The maps provided in the advertisements are not easily understood and lacked important detail such as sacred sites. The advertisements were published at a time of year when Aboriginal people of the area are more concerned with traditional ceremeonies and hunting.
The cumulative impact of exploration was not raised in any way, and there was no information provided about the overall number of drilling sites. The Traditional Owners simply have not been given sufficient information on which an informed decision can be made.
These concerns come on top of the overall concerns about the impact of Fracking on Country, as well as the impact of conventional mining.