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This page has the latest news on the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory. 

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27 April 2017: Submissions on the Background and Issues Paper released by the Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory close on 30 April 2017. Read the full update.

11 March 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of onshore unconventional reservoirs in the Northern Territory completed the first stage of its hearings and community consultation sessions in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Darwin and Humpty Doo this week. Read the full update.

06 March 2017: The independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of onshore unconventional reservoirs in the Northern Territory commences its hearings and community meetings schedule across the Territory. Read the full update.

21 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) 

06 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.

20 December 2016: The independent scientific inquiry panel met for its inaugural meeting on 8 December 2016. A community update was released, which acknowledged the importance of community engagement and provides details about the community consultation program including release of an issues paper prior to public hearings in March 2017. Read the full update.

3 December 2016: The appointment of the panel and judicial chair to conduct the inquiry and the terms of reference was announced by the Northern Territory Government.