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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 25 8. We want to hear from you The Panel seeks feedback from the community and stakeholders on the potential risks, or issues, that the Panel has identified in this Paper. The opportunity to make a written submission to the Panel on the Issues Paper closes on 30 April 2017. Feedback can be provided by: 1. making a submission online by clicking on the Have Your Say tab at: www.frackinginquiry.nt.gov.au Written submissions will be published on the Inquirys website; 2. attending a hearing to present to the Panel at any of the communities set out below; or 3. attending a community meeting at any of the communities set out below. For information about the hearings and community meetings, including the registration process, please visit the Inquirys website or contact the Inquiry by phone on (08) 8999 6573, by email at fracking.inquiry@nt.gov.au, or in writing to GPO Box 4396, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia. Monday 6 March Alice Springs Tuesday 7 March Tennant Creek Wednesday 8 March Katherine Thursday 9 March Darwin and rural area Friday 10 March Darwin Monday 20 March Maningrida Monday 20 March Gapuwiyak Monday 20 March Nhulunbuy Tuesday 21 March Ngukurr Tuesday 21 March Borroloola Wednesday 22 March Daly Waters Thursday 23 March Mataranka Friday 24 March Timber Creek Monday 27 March Wadeye Tuesday 28 March Yuendumu Wednesday 29 March Hermannsburg