5.5b

Progress

25%

25% complete.
Government approval of policy/process development.

(A) That prior to the grant of any further exploration approvals, in consultation with the gas industry and the community, the Government develops a wastewater management framework for any onshore shale gas industry. Consideration must be given to the likely volumes and nature of wastewaters that will be produced by the industry during the exploration and production phases. That the framework for managing wastewater includes an auditable chain of custody system for the transport of wastewater (including by pipelines) that enables source-todelivery tracking of wastewater.

(B) That the absence of any treatment and disposal facilities in the NT for wastewater and brines produced by the gas industry be addressed as a matter of priority.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Planning for industry
Project action
Improving roads and facilities
Lead agency
DTBI

Action item update

Implementation progress

The recently adopted mandatory Code of Practice addressed waste water management requirements which allowed exploration to recommence in mid-2019.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation commissioned a study on infrastructure and logistical requirements, including high level investigations of infrastructure requirement to manage wastewater, and is due for completion by the end of 2019.