Fracking Inquiry Consultation

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

This moratorium will remain in place until government has considered the outcomes of a comprehensive independent scientific Inquiry (the Inquiry) into the social and environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing.

The first step in this process is to consult with Territorians on the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry.

Government welcomes any feedback specific to the Terms of Reference to ensure the Inquiry adequately addresses community concerns in relation to hydraulic fracturing.

Anyone wishing to provide comment can go to

The consultation period will remain open until 13 October 2016. 

Once government has received and addressed the community's feedback, the Terms of Reference will be finalised and a panel, made up of preeminent scientists, will be appointed to undertake the Inquiry.