NT Govt fracking plan released

The NT Government has released its blueprint to allow fracking for onshore shale gas.

The government says it plans to implement the recommendations of the independent scientific inquiry into unconventional hydraulic fracturing.

The government controversially abandoned its moratorium banning the use of fracking earlier in the year.

The plan details how each of the recommendations will be implemented and is grouped under the six themes of Strengthening Regulation, Ensuring Accountable Industry Practise, Safeguarding Water and the Environment, Respecting Community and Culture, Maximising Regional Benefits and Local opportunities, and Planning for Industry.

The government will publish information online to ensure the community has real time access to data on industry activity and environmental, social, health and cultural baseline impacts.

The Onshore Shale Gas Community and Business Reference Group were consulted on the implementation plan which can be found at hydraulicfracturing.nt.gov.au

 Chief Minister Michael Gunner said it was a plan to protect our environment, create local jobs and ensure the actions of Government and industry are transparent and accountable.

“The independent scientific report into hydraulic fracturing found that risks could be mitigated if all the recommendations of their report were implemented.

“This implementation plan is a comprehensive response to these recommendations.

“We will be making sure that any fracking that occurs ensures our unique natural environment is protected and creates local jobs.

“The Onshore Shale Gas Community and Business Reference Group, the independent officer Dr David Ritchie who is overseeing the implementation, and the development of a new online portal, will ensure industry and Government actions are transparent and accountable.”

Katherine Mayor Fay Miller is a member of the business reference group.

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