Paltar Petrolium have applied for an exploration lease covering over 1500km of Arnhem Land coastline
The area under claim runs from the Coburg Peninsula in the west to the Sir Edward Pellew Island Group in the southeast of Arnhem Land. The claim extends up rivers and esturies, up to the high water mark. The area outlined in red on the map below shows the approximate exploration area
Hunting and fishing still constitute a significant dietary source for people living in Maningrida. The Traditional Owners are very concerned that mining will threaten this food source which will cause physical and cultural damage to their people.
Approval for exploration automatically gives approval for mining production
The proposal has no requirement for separate approval for mines to be developed into full mining production. Once exploration has been approved there is no going back.
An environmental impact statement is not required for exploration
The mining company does not need to produce an EIS for exploration. They are not required to spell out the environmental risks of mining exploration, nor are they required to explain how they will manage any environmental risk, nor how they will restore the enviroment when any mines are disbanded.
Any cleanup will be difficult in this remote area
Any offshore clean-up will be difficult due to crocodiles, huge tides and wet season storm activity. There are very few roads to gain access to spill sites and there are few people living in these areas to provide manpower to clean up any spill.
"When things go wrong, when posions are spilled, the fish will die, mother nature will be hurt and we will be the ones who will suffer" says Eddie.