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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 26 9. Next steps Following the community consultation program in March, the Panel will release an Interim Report summarising the feedback received by the Panel on the Issues Paper in mid-2017. The Panel will conduct further consultations following the publication of the Interim Report and a draft Final Report. A Final Report will be provided to the Northern Territory Government by the end of 2017. At this stage, the anticipated timeline for the Inquiry is as follows: 10. Further information Further information about the Inquiry, including upcoming community visits, is available on the Inquirys website www.frackinginquiry.nt.gov.au. The Inquirys contact information is as follows: GPO Box 4396 Darwin, NT 0801, Australia Phone: (+61) 08 8999 6573 Email: fracking.inquiry@nt.gov.au The website includes: latest news and updates about the Inquiry; information about hydraulic fracturing; links to other hydraulic fracturing inquiries in Australia; Have your say; a registration option to receive email updates about the Inquiry directly; the Inquirys contact information; and community updates, which are also set directly to those registered on the Inquirys website. Terms of Reference released 3 December 2016 Inaugural meeting of the Panel 8 December 2016 Site visit to Moomba 1-3 February 2017 Second meeting of the Panel 8-9 February 2017 Issues Paper released 20 February 2017 Public hearings in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs 6-10 March 2017 Public hearings in remote communities 20-28 March 2017 Comments on the Issues Paper close 30 April 2017 Release of the Interim Report Mid 2017 Public hearings in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and remote communities July - August 2017 Release of draft Final Report October 2017 Briefings in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and remote communities November 2017 Release of Final Report December 2017

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