The Northern Territory Government has established an independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory.

The inquiry will investigate 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. In March 2017 the inquiry. 

Go to Have your Say NT to submit your feedback online and for information about hearings and community meetings across the Territory in March 2017.

Latest news

20 February 2017: The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory released a Background and Issues Paper today, ahead of its Territory-wide community consultation program commencing in March 2017. Read the full media release. Download the Background Issues paper. (2.0 mb) 

13 February 2017: The Inquiry has confirmed the major centres and remote communities for its community consultation program in March 2017 following the second meeting of the Inquiry panel on 8 – 9 February 2017. Read the full update

08 February 2017: The Inquiry recently travelled to South Australia to conduct a two day field trip to the Cooper Basin in South Australia, as part of its information gathering and scientific assessment of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) activities. Read the full update.

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.