Government approval of policy/process development.
That the Government:
- implements a mandatory program for regular monitoring by gas companies of decommissioned onshore shale gas wells (including exploration wells), with the results from the monitoring to be publicly reported in real-time. If the performance of a decommissioned well is determined to be acceptable to the regulator then the gas company may apply for relinquishment of the well to the Government; and
- implements a program for the ongoing monitoring of all orphan wells.
To be completed by end December 2021.
Action item update
The Northern Territory Government has commissioned CSIRO/GISERA to evaluate options for the long-term monitoring of decommissioned wells in the NT. Findings will inform a process for well relinquishment and an ongoing monitoring program.
The program will be made enforceable via legislation.