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Angus Taylor and Keith Pitt asked by Senate inquiry chair to explain dealings with firm awarded Beetaloo gas grants

Email records show Empire Energy sought information from the government before Beetaloo Basin scheme guidelines released

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The energy minister, Angus Taylor, and resources minister, Keith Pitt, have been asked to explain their dealings with the Liberal-linked firm Empire Energy before it received $21m in federal grants, after email records showed it asking for information on “eligibility criteria” and the “application process” well before the program guidelines were released.

A Senate inquiry has been probing the Coalition’s plans to open up the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin to fracking and incentivise exploratory drilling by handing $50m in grants to resource companies.

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