Action item 8.5
Approved by decision makers.
That gas companies be required to comply with any statutory regional fire management plan within their area of exploration and/or production activity. The fire management plan must:
- address the impacts that any onshore shale gas industry will have on fire regimes in the NT and identify how those impacts will be managed;
- establish robust monitoring programs for assessing seasonal conditions and fuel loads;
- require that annual fire mapping be undertaken to monitor any increase in fire frequency due to any onshore shale gas development;
- require that all existing baseline data for at least the decade prior to commencement of any exploration activity be collated and published;
- implement management actions, such as prescribed fuel reduction burns at strategic locations, if fire frequency is shown to have increased due to onshore shale gas activity; and
- facilitate support for local volunteer fire brigades to increase regional capacity for fire management
Action item update
The Northern Territory Government has worked with independent scientific experts to develop a Code of Practice relative to the Inquiry's recommendation. The Code is legally enforceable through the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016. The finalised Code was published on 12 June 2019.