NT’s largest land-clearing permit faces legal challenge over climate change

Posted December 08, 2018 12:16:43

Photo: The decision to issue Maryfield Station a permit to clear 20,000 hectares of native bushland has been challenged in the Supreme Court. (ABC News: Daniel Fitzgerald) Related Story: Concern NT’s largest land-clearing permit did not consider climate change Related Story: Single largest land clearing permit issued to Top End cattle station

Potential greenhouse gas emissions from the Northern Territory’s largest-ever land-clearing project were not weighed because their impact on global warming could not be measured, the head of an environmental watchdog says.

Key points: A permit was approved in 2017 to clear more than 20,000 hectares of native vegetation at Maryfield Station The EPA did not request an environmental impact assessment before awarding the permit This decision is facing a legal challenge over potential climate change impacts

Paul Vogel gave evidence this week in a landmark challenge brought against the EPA’s decision to not require an environmental impact assessment of a proposal to clear 20,000 hectares at the Maryfield cattle station south of Darwin.

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