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Coalbed methane -- Environmental aspects -- Australia -- Northern Territory; Gas extraction -- Environmental aspects -- Australia -- Northern Territory

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nature would be made by CCC. Justice Pepper said the Inquiry is working with Coffey to urgently address these issues. The Inquiry has requested Coffey to undertake an immediate review of the work completed by CCC, Justice Pepper said. When the Inquiry receives this review, a decision will then be made on the consultation work completed by CCC from within the Beetaloo Sub-basin. I would like to emphasise, and assure the communities consulted by CCC, that the Inquiry is taking this matter very seriously. Upon the matter having been brought to its attention by the ABC, the Inquiry has acted immediately by directing Coffey to provide an explanation as to the content of the audio file, how the opinions and comments came to be expressed by CCC, and the nature of the consultation activity being conducted by CCC on Coffeys behalf. Justice Pepper said that an identical copy of the audio file obtained by the ABC was provided to the Inquiry by a member of the public following a community consultation at Elliott on 30 August 2017. At the time the audio file was given to the Inquiry, it was provided as a submission. Because it is one of more than 470 submissions currently being assessed by the Inquiry as it prepares its draft Final Report, it had not yet been processed, Justice Pepper said. I have now listened to the audio file and have discovered that it is not, as it was represented to be, a submission. Had the audio file been given to the Inquiry as a complaint, it would have been acted upon immediately. No details of the circumstances of the recording have been provided to the Inquiry and it is not clear from the recording if any of the persons that were recorded have consented to it being made. Justice Pepper reiterated that the role of the Inquiry is to report on the risks and issues of hydraulic fracturing for shale gas in the Northern Territory. It is not the Inquirys role to make a recommendation as to the future of the moratorium in the Northern Territory, Justice Pepper said. Any decision on the retention of the moratorium is the responsibility of the Northern Territory Government. Although Coffeys completion of its social impact assessment report will be delayed while the matter with CCC is being resolved, the Inquiry is nevertheless progressing the draft Final Report for release in early November, with the Final Report to be completed by the end of 2017. Page 2 of 3Community Update #22 Fracking Inquiry Fracking Inquiry 17/10/2017https://frackinginquiry.nt.gov.au/news/community-update-22

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