Northern Australia lifts ban on fracking

Australia’s Northern Territory has lifted a nearly two-year-old moratorium on fracking for shale gas but will implement strict laws to protect the environment
By Staff reporter 17 April 2018 0 30470

Australia’s Northern Territory has lifted a nearly two-year-old moratorium on fracking for shale gas but will implement strict laws to protect the environment and indigenous regions, the territorial government said on Tuesday.

“We promised an independent, scientific inquiry after which we would either ban fracking or allow it in highly regulated circumstances in tightly prescribed areas. We have kept our promise,” said Michael Gunner, the territory’s chief minister.

Gunner added that 49% of the territory would remain “frack free”– including national parks, conservation areas...

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