Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory
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).
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
Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry; Northern Territory Government
10 volumes : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 30 cm.
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BACKGROUND AND ISSUES PAPER 20 February 2017 17 Value Risk Amenity values There may be adverse impacts on general amenity values such as national parks, rangelands and recreational fishing areas. This may result from changes in the quality and/or quantity of water available. Public health There may be adverse impacts on human and livestock health due to changes to water quality, supply and distribution as a result of hydraulic fracturing and the associated activities. Aboriginal people and their culture Natural water bodies are central to traditional land use and many sites of significance to Aboriginal people relate to water. A reduction in either water quantity or quality may impair the traditional use and/or value of the sites. Economic Changes to water quality, supply and distribution may have an adverse impact on industries that may co-exist with the onshore unconventional gas industry, such as agriculture, pastoralism and tourism. Cumulative risks There may be cumulative risks associated with some or all of the risks identified above. 7.2. Land Table 7.2 lists the possible risks that the hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional shale reservoirs and its associated activities may have on terrestrial (land) conditions, such as ecosystems, biodiversity, and soil health in the Northern Territory. Value Risk Terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity There may be a risk that hydraulic fracturing and the associated activities will have an adverse impact on terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity in the Northern Territory. Specifically, there may be: a risk of vegetation loss on a local scale as a result of areas being cleared for roads, pipelines and drill pads or as a result of spills; a risk of loss and/or fragmentation of habitat for fauna on a regional scale as a result of road and pipeline construction and operation; a risk of adverse impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, including fauna and flora, as a result of changes to water quality and availability; a risk of weed invasion as a result of increased traffic; impacts on biodiversity and greenhouse gas emissions due to changed fire regimes; and a risk of adverse impacts on fauna as a result of increased noise and light from petroleum operations. Soil health There may be a risk that the chemicals used in the drilling and hydraulic fracturing process will have an adverse impact on soil health, including as a result of spills of flowback water.