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Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory

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Title

Scientific inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in the Northern Territory

Other title

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

Collection

E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT

Date

2017-07-01

Description

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).

Notes

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).

Table of contents

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

Language

English

Subject

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

Publisher name

Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry; Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Format

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

File type

application/pdf.

ISBN

9780648127604

Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Related links

frackinginquiry.nt.gov.au

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/267188

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/444289

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Page content

BACKGROUND AND ISSUES PAPER 20 February 2017 20 7.5. Aboriginal people and their culture Aboriginal people make up most of the resident population in the areas that are most prospective for unconventional shale gas development. Aboriginal people have proprietary interests under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1978 (Cth), the Native Title Act 1994 (Cth), and at common law. These interests are underpinned by traditional practices that connect Aboriginal landowning groups with their country. Notwithstanding these ownership interests, Aboriginal people are also one of the most disadvantaged groups in Australia. The table below lists the possible risks that the hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional shale reservoirs and its associated activities may have on Aboriginal people and their culture. Value Risk Land ownership There may be a risk that hydraulic fracturing or the associated activities will disrupt traditional practices that connect Aboriginal landowning groups with their country and underpin recognition of their ownership of that land. Benefits There may be a risk that the development of the industry will occur without short and long term benefits flowing to local Aboriginal communities. Culture, values and traditions There may be a risk that the above and/or below ground disturbance associated with drilling and hydraulic fracturing or as the result of seismic activity caused by hydraulic fracturing or reinjection of water will have an adverse impact on Aboriginal culture, values and the traditions that connect landowning groups with their country and sustain community cohesion. Community wellbeing The development of the unconventional gas industry may have an adverse impact on the wellbeing of Aboriginal communities. Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems The development of the unconventional gas industry may have an adverse impact on aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems important to Aboriginal culture. Cumulative risks There may be cumulative risks associated with some or all of the risks identified above.


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