By ERWIN CHLANDA
“Some of these recommendations go beyond the terms of reference to matters of national policy and would be impossible for the NT Government to implement, as the report itself acknowledges.”
This cryptic comment came from the gas and petroleum lobby in response the the NT fracking inquiry’s final report.
The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) spokesman Matthew Doman deferred a reply when asked by the Alice Springs News Online: “Which recommendations (if any) cannot be followed?”
While saying the report’s 135 recommendations “will need to be considered carefully” he urges the NT Government to make “a prompt decision to give certainty to investors, local businesses, traditional owners, landholders and all Territorians.
Mr Doman said in a media release: “This document confirms the conclusion of the draft report that any risks associated with onshore gas development and hydraulic fracturing can be managed by effective regulation.
“The final report confirms that developing the Territory’s natural gas resources would have significant economic and employment benefits for the NT.
“It has debunked many of the myths spread by activists opposed to onshore gas development,” said Mr Doman.
“The report echoes the conclusion reached by numerous other scientific inquiries and reviews that any risks associated with hydraulic fracturing can be minimised or eliminated with proper regulation.
“APPEA’s member companies stand ready to invest billions of dollars in new projects in the Territory if the industry is allowed to resume exploration activity.
“There is no reason the Territory cannot manage the safe, sustainable development of its considerable natural gas resources.”
By ERWIN CHLANDA