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.

Latest news

24 May 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory has awarded ACIL Allen Consulting Pty Ltd (ACIL Allen) the tender to undertake an economic impact assessment of the potential onshore unconventional shale gas industry in the Northern Territory. Read full update

5 May 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Unconventional Reservoirs in the Northern Territory has released a public tender to assist the Inquiry panel in understanding the social impacts of potential onshore unconventional gas development in the Northern Territory. Read full update

3 May 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry in the Northern Territory has released a public tender for an independent social impact assessment of the potential onshore unconventional gas industry in the Northern Territory. The tender closes 17 May 2017 and can be viewed here.

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.