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Northern Territory Government lifts moratorium on fracking

The Chief Minister of the Northern Terriroty (NT) Michael Gunner has announced that the 135 recommendations made in the recent inquiry into fracking in the NT would be implemented, allowing on-shore fracking to take place in the territory. The 135 recommendations made in the inquiry mitigate the risks associated with onshore gas development to acceptable levels, and in some cases claim to eliminate the risks completely.

New gas developments will require environmental management plans which will be assessed by the NT Environment Protection Authority and signed off by the environment minister.

There will also be area’s where fracking will not be allowed. These include indigenous protected areas, special environmental areas, cultural and agricultural areas of significance to the Northern Territory.

There is a number of studies to be completed before fracking production can begin including strategic environmental and baseline assessments. At this stage it is estimated exploration will begin in 2019 and production in 2021.

If you would like to understand how these changes will affect your gas portfolio please contact Edge on (07) 3905 9220 or 1800 334 336.