Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory

With the release of its Final Report, the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory determined that provided all recommendations in the Report are adopted and implemented, the environmental, social, health, cultural and economic risks associated with hydraulic fracturing of shale reservoirs could be reduced to an acceptable level. On 17 April 2018, the government accepted all recommendations and lifted the moratorium on unconventional gas in the Northern Territory.

The focus of the Implementation Plan is to strengthen regulation, ensure industry is accountable for its practices, safeguard water and the environment, respect community and culture, maximise the benefits and opportunities available to local businesses and communities, and ensure planning for future development.

Reform Areas Strengthening Regulation
Reform Areas Ensuring Accountable Industry Practice
Reform Areas Safeguarding Water and the Environment
Reform Areas Respecting Community and Culture
Reform Areas Maximising Regional Benefits and Local Opportunities
Reform Areas Planning for Industry

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Community and Business Reference Group

The Onshore Shale Gas Community and Business Reference Group provides direct feedback and advice to the Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry Implementation Taskforce in the Department of the Chief Minister.

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Independent Officer

The role of the Independent Officer is to provide the Chief Minister and government with independent advice on how the implementation is progressing and being managed.

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Industry Capability Network
Northern Territory

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) is a business network that introduces local companies to the supply chains of major projects, large or small.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry
Final Report

On 27 March 2018, the Inquiry publicly released its Final Report and handed it to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory. The Final Report comprises three separate documents: the Final Report (Book 1); the Appendices (Book 2); and the Executive Summary (Book 3).

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Inquiry Implementation Taskforce
GPO Box 4396
Darwin, NT 0801, Australia 
Phone: (+61) 08 8999 6573 
Email: hydraulic.fracturing@nt.gov.au

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