The Northern Territory government will protect certain areas of the Territory from being subject to petroleum exploration or production activities. This will be achieved by declaring areas of land as reserved blocks (no-go zones) under the Petroleum Act.
Protected areas will include national parks, areas of high ecological value, towns and residential areas. The Northern Territory Government has used the recommendations of the final report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory to determine which areas should be declared reserved blocks.
This consultation paper is an opportunity for the community to comment on the areas proposed to be protected from petroleum activities. Consultation will be open for a period of four weeks. The consultation period closes on 20 June 2019.