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Government approval of policy/process development.

That as part of the environmental assessment and approval process for all exploration and production approvals, the Minister be required to consider the cumulative impacts of any proposed onshore shale gas activity.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Collecting baseline data and informing regional management
Lead agency

Action item update

Implementation progress

The environmental assessment processes and the assessment of environment management plans under the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016 already provides scope for the assessment of cumulative impacts where appropriate.

The Minister for Environment and Natural Resources has written to the independent NT EPA seeking advice on all environment management plans to assist with considerations regarding cumulative impacts.