Alarm over Northern Territory’s largest-ever groundwater extraction licence

Alarm over Northern Territory’s largest-ever groundwater extraction licence

The Guardian

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Agribusiness plans to use 40,000 megalitres a year to irrigate farming operations which could affect groundwater dependent ecosystems

The Northern Territory government has granted the largest groundwater extraction licence in the territory’s history to an agribusiness that plans to use 40,000 megalitres a year to irrigate farming operations.

The territory’s water controller approved the water licence on Thursday, saying it was satisfied the licence was sustainable if the proponent, Fortune Agribusiness, met several conditions related to water monitoring and environmental compliance.

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