Action item 7.6



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

That prior to the grant of any further exploration approvals, the use of all surface water resources for any onshore shale gas activity in the NT be prohibited.

Target completion date


Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Assessing, protecting and monitoring water resources
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Action item update

Implementation progress

Amendments to the Water Act 1992 commenced on 19 June 2019 prohibiting the use of surface water for any petroleum and ancillary activities.