The Northern Territory Government has received 364 submissions for the Draft Terms of Reference for the inquiry into hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional gas reservoirs.
Public submissions closed yesterday after being open for a four week period.
Minister for Environment and Natural Resources Lauren Moss said the number of submissions received from the community demonstrated the importance of an open and transparent process.
“The Government has kept faith with the thousands of Territorians who voted for a moratorium on fracking and an open and transparent process of community consultation and scientific investigation.”
“To have such a high level of response shows how important the community sees not just this issue, but engaging proactively with the government,” Ms Moss said.
“The Northern Territory Government is pleased that so many people took the time to lodge a submission to have their voices heard.”
Following the finalisation of the Terms of Reference, and the formation of the inquiry panel, public consultation sessions and meetings will be held in Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and other regional communities, ensuring the collective voice of the community continues to be heard.
“The Northern Territory Government will continue to communicate with Territorians and ensure that ample time is given for the community to attend and participate in this important public consultation,” Moss said.
The Moratorium on hydraulic fracturing of onshore unconventional reservoirs within the Northern Territory will remain in place until government has thoroughly considered the recommendations of the inquiry.