Protect Country Alliance is deeply concerned Territorians are being kept in the dark after Empire Energy lodged plans for the NT's largest ever fracking program.
The proposal, lodged as an Environment Management Plan by Empire Energy subsidiary Imperial Oil and Gas, states the company want to drill and frack seven gas wells near Borroloola and clear more than 150 hectares for associated infrastructure like well pads and roads.
Despite the public comment period ending on Wednesday, May 19, no notification was sent as part of the Gunner Government's purpose built "Have Your Say" website.
Despite assurances from Environment Minister, Eva Lawler's office that subscribers to the "Have Your Say" website would receive notifications when such proposals were lodged, subscribers have since been told registering with the website "doesn't mean you will be automatically notified when surveys are published on the site", according to an email response from engagement.CMC@nt.gov.au.
Protect Country Alliance spokesperson Graeme Sawyer said to be hiding the plan from the public was atrocious.
"This outrageous Empire Energy proposal will likely have gone unnoticed by many in the community," he said.
"The IEA [International Energy Agency] says we have but a slim chance to avoid catastrophic global warming. Sacrificing the Beetaloo to polluting fracking companies is putting us on a path towards climate chaos.
"Empire wants to drill through the heart of the Territory and pierce its precious underground water reserves like a pincushion. The public deserves to be well informed.
"The lack of public notifications for this project is part of a pattern from the Gunner Government of removing transparency and hiding controversial information from the public.
"We have heard nothing substantial from the government in response to these serious issues, instead it has drawn the curtains and withdrawn from transparent, public collaboration while at the same time continuing to hand out millions of dollars in public money to the fracking industry."