A thorough scientific study of hydraulic fracturing has found it poses little risk to the Northern Territory environment. This is no surprise – it is the second major study to come to the same conclusion in the NT in the past few years and the latest in a strong of a dozen or so conducted around the country.
While it isn’t the final word from the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory, the draft report is certainly a welcome indication of the results to come – that the risks associated with onshore natural gas development and fracking can be managed with effective regulation in place.
Studies release today from the CSIRO and the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) confirm that the use of chemicals in the coal seam gas (CSG) industry pose little risk to industry workers, the community or the environment.
Amidst the headlines this week about forecast shortfalls in domestic gas supplies, there are some pointers from regulators and policymakers to the impacts that state-based moratoria on onshore gas exploration and development are having on supply availability.
An attempt to place a permanent moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing in Tasmania was voted down by the state government on Wednesday.
The West Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston announced in the Legislative Assembly yesterday that the Government has implemented its election commitment to ban fracking for existing and future petroleum titles in the South West, Peel and Perth metropolitan regions.
It is indicative of the ‘who cares’ policy approach of the New South Wales Greens that they now want the State’s only natural gas supply shut down.
One of the favoured tactics of anti-industry activist groups is to try and scare local communities with unproven, untested claims about the supposed health impacts of industrial activities, including hydraulic fracturing.