TUESDAY, December 12, 2017: The NT Fracking Inquiry has today released its interim report.
Inquiry chair Justice Rachel Pepper said it wasn’t her role to recommend a ban on fracking but rather to find ways to mitigate its risks.
As a result the inquiry panel finds that fracking is risky but it could be managed with regulations that it suggests could include baseline studies of the environment lasting up to three years prior to any fracking extraction.
The report confirms that fracking comes with multiple risks and notes that even with stringent regulation there is significant potential for accidental releases, leaks and spills of fracking chemicals and fluids.
The inquiry’s final report will be released in March next year.
The interim report can be found here: NT Interim Fracking Inquiry report
A summary report of the Inquiry’s findings can be downloaded here: