On 3 December 2016 the Northern Territory Government announced an independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory.

The Inquiry is investigating the environmental, social and economic risks and impacts of hydraulic fracturing (commonly known as fraccing or fracking) of onshore unconventional gas reservoirs and associated activities in the Northern Territory.

Chairing the Inquiry is the Honourable Justice Rachel Pepper. Justice Pepper will oversee a panel of 10 scientists with expertise in disciplines such as water, geology, ecology, health, sociology and engineering.

Community consultation is a critical component of the Inquiry. Go to Have your Say for information about how to submit your feedback to the Inquiry and for information about the latest and upcoming community consultation activities.

Inquiry Interim Report out now

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Latest news

14 July 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory released its Interim Report today. The Interim Report is available to view online. Read full update

5 July 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory has opened registrations for its next round of public hearings in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek, which will take place between 31 July to 10 August 2017. Read full update

28 June 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory has today awarded a social impact assessment tender to a Territory based company and confirmed the dates and locations for its next round of public hearings. Read full update

Moratorium

On 14 September 2016 the Northern Territory Government announced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional reservoirs including the use of hydraulic fracturing for exploration, extraction, production and including Diagnostic Fracture Injection Testing (DFITs). 

The moratorium will remain in place during the Inquiry.