Action item 5.7



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That to minimise the risk of occurrence of seismic events during hydraulic fracturing operations, a traffic light system for measured seismic intensity, similar to that in the UK, be implemented.

Target completion date

Stage 3
To be completed by November 2022.

Reform area
Ensuring accountable industry practice
Project action
Developing transparent and enforceable codes of practice
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

The NT Government has commenced work with independent scientific experts to formulate an appropriate system for measuring and responding to any variations in seismic intensity in the Northern Territory.

This recommendation will be completed in conjunction with Recommendation 14.17 (repeal of the Schedule of Onshore Petroleum Activities). The Schedule contains requirements for Seismic Activities and its repeal will see new requirements in place for monitoring seismic intensity.

Guidelines were developed in consultation with other jurisdictions (national and international) and Geoscience Australia in September 2021. CSIRO will also be engaged.