A study, purported to be from the CSIRO, that showed that fracking was “safe for the environment” was actually overseen by the gas industry, and was based on just six of Queensland’s 19,000 coal seam gas wells, according to this analysis by The Australia Institute.
This paper highlights that employment in gas-related manufacturing declined while gas in the Northern Territory was very cheap. Fracked gas will be far more expensive, making petrochemical manufacturing in the Territory unviable without massive taxpayer subsidy.
This analysis shows Northen Territory (NT) fracking emissions under the NT Government’s own fracking inquiry’s high production scenario would be worse than the emissions of Australia’s coal fleet across the National Energy Market (NEM) in 2030, and require more offsets each year than have ever...
Implementation of the Government’s response to the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia
This Implementation Plan responds to the final report of the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia. The McGowan Government will support a safe, responsible and compliant approach to petroleum development, both onshore and offshore in Western Australia.
Consultation paper: Proposed reserved blocks (no-go zones) for petroleum activities in the Northern Territory
This paper has been released to provide an opportunity for the community to comment on the areas proposed to be protected from petroleum activities. The consultation period closes on 20 June 2019.
This review found growing evidence of direct health impacts, as well as a clear potential for indirect impacts of gas and oil mining on essential environmental determinants of health, including a stable climate, air quality, water quality, water security, food security, community cohesion and, in...
This guide contains 16 leading practices, framed around six broad themes, providing guidance to regulators and information related to industry practices.
WA’s moratorium on fracking has been overturned without consideration of economic impacts. Economic logic, and the lived experience of Queensland and the USA, shows the industry has an incentive to expand as much and as fast as possible. This has a negative impact on communities...
Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia: final report
As part of its report, the Panel has made 91 findings regarding the risks, public concern and regulation of onshore hydraulic fracture stimulation, and 44 recommendations as to how those risks and concerns might be further reduced should the state government choose to lift the...
Fracking and unconventional gas including coal seam gas pose a serious threat to our climate, groundwater, agricultural land and community. Frackingand gas mining has expanded rapidly across Australia thanks to the industry’s cosy relationship with governments, but has been destructive to land andcommunities. Landholders and...
The fracking inquiry that reported earlier this year recommended that unconventional gas extraction should only be permitted if the all 135 recommendations are accepted and implemented. All recommendations were accepted by the NT government when it lifted the gas moratorium.
Gas exploration is being undertaken in the Wide Bay Burnett region. This report argues that development of gasfields would present a risk to the region’s diverse services, tourism, agricultural and manufacturing economies.
This report examines the fundamental conflict of interest that underlies the Gas Industry Social and Environmental Alliance (GISERA), making it an inappropriate organisation to undertake research to evaluate the social and environmental impacts of unconventional gas development.
Hydraulic fracturing – is industry standard practice the best practice? The case for waterless fracking
Waterless fracking, where alternative fluids are used to provide the hydraulic energy to fracture rock and release natural gas, is a relatively recent innovation designed to make fracking a more safe and efficient process.
This inquiry final report contains 135 recommendations to reduce the identified risks associated with any development of any onshore shale gas industry in the Northern Territory to acceptable levels.
The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory – part two: major risks and conclusion
In September 2016, the Northern Territory Government announced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of onshore unconventional reservoirs, including the use of hydraulic fracturing for exploration, extraction and production. This was followed by the announcement of an independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing of Onshore...
The Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory – part one: methodology and summary of findings
The development and regulation of any onshore unconventional gas industry is an equally contentious matter in the Northern Territory. Three Territory governments have commissioned reviews and inquiries into the onshore unconventional petroleum industry to identify, address and alleviate community concerns in this regard.
Economies of shale: submission on the draft report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory
The Australia Institute has made this submission on the Draft Report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory (the Inquiry). The submission focuses on Chapter 13 Economic Impacts of the Draft Report and the report by ACIL Allen.