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Amateur Fishermen's Association of the NT Inc. 2013 Annual report



Amateur Fishermen's Association of the NT Inc. 2013 Annual report

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Annual Report 2013


Amateur Fishermen's Association of the Northern Territory


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Western Desert Resources cleared a 60 km haul road before they had received approval. We have not received any indication on why no action appears to have been taken against what we consider an act of illegal land clearing. Transport issues from mining in this area are a major concern with a number of companies proposing different options of haul roads and major traffic increasing on local roads. A strategic and planned approach to transport arrangements would lessen the environmental impact from activity in the area. Proposed Seabed Mining Activities in the Arnhem/Gulf region In August 2011 a series of Exploration Applications were lodged over significant seabed areas in the Gulf of Carpentaria near Groote Eylandt and Blue Mud Bay, the Limmen Bight and areas around Elcho and the Wessell Islands. AFANT lodged formal objections to the grant of these applications along with a number of other organisations. A moratorium was placed on this activity by the government and AFANT believes that this moratorium should stay in place. Proposed Oil and Gas Exploration Over recent years oil and gas exploration permit applications have been submitted for almost all of the Territory, including significant areas of sensitive and important coastal regions. AFANT is genuinely concerned with the impact of development and exploration of oil and gas in the NT and the potential and real threat to fish habitat, as well as the quality and health of our rivers and coastlines. The NT Government attitude to oil and gas development is can do. This, combined with lax regulation and approvals processes spells real risks to some of the Territorys most important coastal fisheries and river systems. AFANTs specific concerns are with: The impact of seismic surveys on fish and other marine species The large number of exploration applications for shallow, close inshore areas right along the NT coastline The risks associated with oil and gas development through pollution of the marine environment High levels of water use in the process of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas extraction Risks to ground water systems and rivers from shale oil and gas extraction, hydraulic fracturing, introduced chemicals and poor well casing integrity AFANT has specific concerns regarding seismic surveys which in Australia are usually conducted using high energy noise sources towed behind vessels and are usually compressed air guns emitting sound blasts. This activity is recognised to have a significant impact on a range of marine species including fish. AFANT believes that a number of actions need to be taken to gain confidence in both the government and oil and gas industries capacity to manage the environmental risks from shale oil development in the NT. Independent scientific investigations and research is needed on the areas currently under exploration for shale oil gas and oil development, including potential interconnectivity, risks and protection of ground water systems. Large volumes of water are used in hydraulic fracturing which will impact on water availability for river systems and if not well managed will affect the health of river systems and fisheries downstream. AFANT is of the view that water allocation for the mining industry, including oil and gas, needs to be brought into the water allocation and planning process; not separately as is currently the case. AFANT has called on improvements to the environmental assessment and oil and gas legislative and regulatory framework to ensure that thorough risk assessments and industry best practice is implemented. This would make certain that environmental standards and protection is guaranteed in any development of the shale oil and gas industry in the NT. Managing the Mount Todd Mine Site The Mt Todd mine site continues to cause concern and generate significant media interest. AFANT has kept a close involvement and working arrangement with both government and Vista Gold to ensure that our views and concerns around river 18

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