Industry will be well aware of the outcome from Justice Pepper’s Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing involved proponents having to meet 135 recommended obligations as part of their respective Implementation Plans.
‘The focus of the Implementation Plan is to strengthen regulation, ensure industry is accountable for its practices, safeguard water and the environment, respect community and culture, maximise the benefits and opportunities available to local businesses and communities, and ensure planning for future.’
There are timeframes for the completion of these Plans and whilst the implications arising from COVID necessitated a delay, all parties are expressing confidence that all commitments under the Plans will be met by the end of this year. That would be a major milestone for an industry that stands to have an enormous impact on the Territory’s economic future. It doesn’t mean gas will flow immediately after but ensures any further developments will occur under committed strict conditions.
ICN NT does have a role in working with the NT Government and gas companies to promote supply opportunities under Recommendation 13.7. To get a better understanding of the process and progress being made, go to Onshore Gas In the Northern Territory page.
Chief Executive Officer