Fi­nal re­port on frack­ing

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

THE fate of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s on­shore gas in­dus­try now sits squarely with the NT Gov­ern­ment.

The In­de­pen­dent Sci­en­tific In­quiry into hy­draulic frac­tur­ing in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory de­liv­ered its fi­nal re­port to the La­bor Gov­ern­ment on Tues­day, March 27.

It is now the task of the Gov­ern­ment to con­sider the in­quiry’s find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions be­fore de­cid­ing whether or not to lift the mora­to­rium on the gas ex­trac­tion process, which was im­posed when La­bor came to power in 2016.

The fi­nal weeks in the run-up to the de­liv­ery of the re­port has seen the pub­lic re­la­tions cam­paigns from both sides of the frack­ing de­bate ramp up sig­nif­i­cantly.

In re­cent weeks was a res­i­dents pe­ti­tion for a ban on frack­ing across the NT, which was tabled by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Natasha Fyles in NT Par­lia­ment.

“Con­cerned res­i­dents are seek­ing sup­port from Min­is­ter Natasha Fyles, our Mem­ber for Night­cliff, to pro­tect the Ter­ri­tory’s wa­ter­ways, re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, tourism ar­eas and ex­ist­ing in­dus­tries with a ban on risky frack­ing gas­fields,” Rapid Creek res­i­dent, Billee McGin­ley said.

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