Code of Practice released


The Code of Practice, has been released after extensive consultation, further strengthening protections for the environment and delivering an accountable and transparent onshore gas industry.

The Code of Practice is a document that outlines what is expected throughout any petroleum activities. It applies to all activities involved in both conventional and unconventional onshore petroleum exploration, appraisal, development and production and ancillary activities in the Northern Territory.

The establishment of the Code means the majority of the recommendations required for exploration to commence this year have been implemented.

The document was developed by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, who worked closely with the CSIRO. It was also peer reviewed by scientific experts from around the world.

The Code mandates enforceable standards and requirements for the onshore gas industry on key issues, including:

  • Well operations
  • Surface activities
  • Wastewater management; and
  • Methane emissions

The release of the Code of Practice supports the delivery of the 135 recommendations in the Final Report of the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Northern Territory.

Visit the Department of Environment and Natural Resources website to read the Code of Practice.


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