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.
Building a productive onshore gas industry that protects our unique environment and delivers local jobs
Governance and Accountability
Implementation of the Plan
- CSIRO’s Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA)
- Methane emissions in the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Sub-basin
- GISERA Factsheet - Groundwater characteristics in the Beetaloo Sub-basin
- NT Environment Protection Authority
- Industry Capability Network NT
- Geoscience Exploration & Mining
- Natural Resource Maps
- Water Data Portal
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.
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.
Industry Capability Network
The Industry Capability Network (ICN) is a business network that introduces local companies to the supply chains of major projects, large or small.
Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry
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).