In the Northern Territory, onshore gas is trapped in very deep shale rock which is much deeper than coal seam gas (CSG) found in the eastern states. In the Territory, deep shale gas is an average of 2.5km underground. Drinking water aquifers are between 300-500m underground. A robust regulatory system ensures that onshore oil and gas can be safely regulated to protect water and the environment.
The Legacy Mines Unit of the Department of Mines and Energy awarded a tender to the Jululikari Council Aboriginal Corporation to conduct a weed survey and subsequent control activities on mining tenements in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory.
Surf Life Saving NT is undertaking a detailed review to examine the installation of a VHF marine radio network to improve safety for recreational boat users on Darwin waters.
A researcher with the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries (DPIF) has received the 2016 AusVeg National Award for Excellence in horticulture.
On 16 June 2016 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Act 2015 replaced the Quarantine Act 1908.