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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

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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 24 7.9. Regulatory framework A regulatory framework is the principal way by which governments ensure that industries operate in ways that benefit the community as a whole and are in line with community expectations. However, there is a risk that the design and implementation of any regulatory framework does not meet its objectives and/or does not meet these expectations. Table 7.9 lists potential risks associated with the statutory framework regulating the hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional shale reservoirs and its associated activities in the Northern Territory. Value Risk Failure to protect the environment There may be a risk the regulatory framework does not adequately protect the environment (water, land, and air) from risks associated with hydraulic fracturing and associated activities. Land access There may be a risk the regulatory framework does not appropriately balance the rights of landowners, occupiers, and traditional owners with those of gas companies. Public health There may be a risk the regulatory framework does not adequately mitigate public health risks associated with the unconventional shale gas industry. Aboriginal culture and communities There may be a risk the regulatory framework does not adequately protect Aboriginal culture, values, traditions and communities from risks associated with the unconventional shale gas industry. Social impacts There may be a risk the regulatory framework does not adequately mitigate the social risks associated with the unconventional shale gas industry. Economic impacts There may be a risk the regulatory framework does not ensure that any economic benefits are appropriately distributed between the gas companies, the government and the community. Compliance and enforcement There may be a risk of inadequate monitoring or enforcement of compliance with the regulatory framework. This may arise from, for example, inadequate resourcing of the regulatory agency or inadequate training of relevant officers. There may be a risk that sanctions provided for in the regulatory framework are inadequate or are not utilised by the regulator. There may be a risk that the cost of complying with the regulatory framework is too high for industry and the industry becomes uneconomic. Complexity There may be a risk that the regulatory framework is needlessly complex. Regulatory capture There may be a risk of regulatory capture whereby the regulatory body becomes inappropriately aligned with industry and reluctant to regulate. Cumulative risks There may be cumulative risks associated with some or all of the risks identified above.


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