Why is this important right now?
This year Origin Energy has promised to give its shareholders a ‘Say on Climate’ at its Annual General Meeting in late 2022, and has committed to emission reductions consistent with 1.5 degree warming.
As the first mover and major player in opening these three massive new unconventional oil and gas basins, Origin Energy simply cannot be allowed to pretend they are on track to meet those targets, or even in the ballpark.
Have First Nations people been properly consulted?
A number of Traditional Owners have raised concerns about the major risk gas production poses to cultural landscapes and sacred sites. Many First Nations groups have also said they haven’t been consulted properly by Origin Energy and have highlighted their fears for the future if fracking proceeds.
Micklo Corpus, Yawuru Traditional Owner from the Kimberley said, “Origin Energy haven’t been invited onto our country here to frack. Origin Energy, just pack your swag up, forget about the Kimberley and go back home. You’re not invited, you haven’t been invited. We’re asking you to leave now. This can’t happen on our Country.”
Ray Dixon, Mudburra Traditional Owner from the Roper region said, “Listen to our words, you and your company are strangers to these homelands, our sacred grounds. We don’t want fracking to continue on our land. It puts our environment, our culture, our water and our community at risk. We don’t want a gas pipeline running through our land because it damages our sacred sites. When will you stop this destruction and leave our lands?”