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Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory



Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory

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Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing of unconventional reservoirs in the Northern Territory; Interim report into hydraulic fracturing; Final Report: Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing; Final Report Appendices: Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing; Draft Final Report : Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing; Draft Final Report Appendices : Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing; Summary of Draft Final Report : Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing; Background and issues paper; Fracking implementation plan; Fracking implementation plan Parts 2 - Recommendations


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The report sets out the work undertaken by the Inquiry to date in assessing the impacts and risks associated with any potential onshore unconventional shale gas development in the Northern Territory. The report explains the method by which the Inquiry proposes to gather and then assess the evidence relevant to the issues that have been identified and discussed with the public. Where appropriate, the Interim Report makes some preliminary assessments about the likelihood of some of those risks eventuating as well as the methods to mitigate the risks. Finally, the report de4scribes the future work of the Inquiry that will be undertaken prior to the release of its draft Final Report by the end of the year.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


The Inquiry is Chaired by Justice Rachel Pepper. The panel comprises 10 eminent scientists across a range of disciplines. Includes bibliographical references : pages 161-170. Publication spans 2017-2018; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Executive summary -- Purpose of the Inquiry -- Work of the Inquiry to date -- Evidence and risk assessment methodology -- Summary of discussions at community forums and the revised list of issues -- Shale gas development and management -- Shale gas in Australia and the Northern Territory -- Water -- Land -- Greenhouse gas emissions -- Public health -- Aboriginal people and their culture -- Social impacts -- Economic impacts -- Regulatory reform -- Future work of the Inquiry -- Appendices 1-14




Gas wells -- Hydraulic fracturing; Coalbed methane -- Environmental aspects -- Northern Territory; Coalbed methane -- Economic aspects -- Northern Territory; Shale gas

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Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry; Northern Territory Government

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10 volumes : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 30 cm.

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444277; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444275; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444278; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444280; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444282; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444284; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444287; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444290; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444291

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BACKGROUND AND ISSUES PAPER 20 February 2017 14 The Panel seeks feedback from all Territorians to ensure that the potential risks, or issues, identified in this Paper are appropriate for the Panel to consider during the course of the Inquiry. The Panel also seeks feedback on any other information relating to those possible risks, including whether, and if so how, such risks can be effectively managed. The tables over the page list the potential risks, or issues, that the Panel considers relevant to this Inquiry. In populating the tables the Panel has had regard to the submissions that the Northern Territory Government received on the draft Terms of Reference for the Inquiry. The risks have been organised into the following nine themes: 1. water; 2. land; 3. air; 4. public health; 5. impacts on Aboriginal people and their culture; 6. social impacts; 7. economic impacts; 8. land access; and 9. regulatory framework. The Panel recognises that these themes, and the risks or issues identified within each theme, are intertwined and overlap, often to a substantial degree. They have been presented in separate tables to clearly indicate that they have been identified as issues by the Panel. They will, however, be considered both separately and together by the Panel to ensure that the extent of their interaction is addressed. The Panels next step is to examine the scientific evidence and to consult with Territorians regarding: the nature and extent (or level), if any, of the potential risks identified in the tables; and the ways, if possible, that such potential risks can be reduced to levels that are acceptable. It is important to note that the Panel has not reached any conclusions at this stage about the nature and extent (or level) of any of the potential risks (or issues) identified in this Paper. Nor has the Panel reached any conclusion about what the acceptable levels of risk might be or how those levels might be achieved. This is the future work of the Panel. The Panel invites submissions on these matters.