Initial policy development underway.
(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.
To be completed by end December 2021.
Action item updates
The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation visited the United States on a fact-finding mission in October 2018. Collation of information pertinent to the industrial-scale infrastructure used for treatment and disposal of wastewater and brines commenced as part of this mission.
The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation will work with industry to understand the quality and quantity of wastewater streams the industry expects to produce. This information will underpin plans for infrastructure and systems appropriate for managing each industry wastewater stream, including opportunities for private sector waste management.