3 Decades of Experience Equals One Fact-based Submission

October 20th, 2016

A single submission to the Northern Territory Government’s Draft Terms of Reference for the inquiry into hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional gas reservoirs has comprehensively undone the claims of activists about the supposed dangers of the industry.

Pulling no punches, petroleum engineer Don McMillan, who has more than 30 years experience, and who has designed and implemented multiple fracture stimulation projects, notes that his submission:

“Endeavours to clear up some misconceptions, identify the futility of and the need to change the inquiry’s terms of reference, demonstrate that Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation is safe and suggest a few ideas that the Northern Territory Government may consider.”

Mr McMillan covers a number of topics that we have discussed in the past, including chemical use, environmental safety and the overall risk involved in fracking.

“The word “chemicals” seems to scare people. Unfortunately, the majority of the populous has not studied chemistry and therefore easily disturbed by the complexity of the science. Also, no matter how stringent and regardless of the strictest chemical protocols the public is not appeased due to their distrust of the industry, scientists and government regulators. Therefore, the community requires reassurance from other approaches.” (McMillan submission, October 10, 2016)

In Western Australia, New South Wales, England and the USA,

“states are effectively and efficiently addressing the risks to shale development, updating and enhancing their rules, and keeping up with new technologies.”

Yet environmental activists are adamant the debate must go on, ignoring the science and the experience of an industry that has been in operation for more than 60 years.

As Mr McMillan says, “baseless banning will affect our way of life and freedom so I hope the people of NT keep their unique independence and determine what is best for themselves.”

We hope the people, and the NT Government make the right decision and the report, when it’s released, reflects the facts.

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