The search for oil and gas in the Beetaloo Basin has raised new concerns as heavy rain continues to fall across the region, risking contamination of rivers and aquifers closely connected to Katherine.
Katherine resident Sam Phelan, a veterinarian with experience in chemical residue in beef cattle, says she is worried chemicals could be dispersed and leaked into the town’s water supply.
“Looking at the amount of water that is going through that Daly region, when you see two feet of water, it raises concerns,” she said.
“We don’t know what chemicals are being used at the sites because the companies are still claiming corporate confidence.
“Because of that, I’m concerned we will end up with a contaminated water supply.”
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