Representatives of the NT Government have flown to the USA to learn more about fracking.
Primary Industry and Resources Minister Ken Vowles is travelling to the USA as part of a government delegation to learn from the world experts in shale gas production.
Mr Vowles said the USA is the centre of the world’s shale gas industry and the home of most of the sector’s exploration, production and technical innovation.
“We promised an independent scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing, and that inquiry showed that if all its 135 recommendations are implemented, the risk from hydraulic fracturing can be reduced to an acceptable level,” Mr Vowles said.
“We have accepted all 135 recommendations, which means no hydraulic fracturing will take place until strict new laws and regulations are in place.
“Governments in the US states of Pennsylvania and Texas have significant regulatory experience when it comes to the exploration, development and production of unconventional gas resources.
“We will gain insight into the world’s best practice, and visit some of the most well-regulated sites in the industry.
“The emphasis will be on observing and learning from their experience in implementing regulatory measures to ensure that in the Territory the industry meets the highest standards of environmental protection.”
Mr Vowles will return home via China to join Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss, in promoting the new Donghai Airlines direct flights from Shenzhen to Darwin.
The delegate of Mr Vowles and three other NT Government representatives left on Saturday and return on May 30.
The delegation will visit shale gas operations in the US and meet with regulators to learn about best-practice operation, regulation, and the economic and social outcomes of shale gas development.
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