The Northern Territory Government has announced a grant of $75,000/year over two years to assist the Extractive Industry Association (EIA) improve its environmental management practices.For more information read the Ministerial Release
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 Department of Mines and Energy is continuing to provide opportunities for regional development through local employment and involvement in remediation activities by awarding a safety tender to a local Tennant Creek company Remote Concrete NT.
Effective immediately, Direct Deposit facilities for the payment of application fees for a new mineral title application will no longer be available.
Territorians are encouraged to have their say and provide feedback on the Balanced Environment Strategy Discussion Draft. Comments can be provided through taking a short online survey or via email until 18 March 2016, or in person at one of the community consultation forums being held in February 2016.
The Department of Mines and Energy declared a proposed reserved land area that was published in the Government Gazette on Friday 5 August.
Pangaea (NT) was granted adjoining Petroleum Exploration Permits to the south of Katherine including a portion of the permit within the Katherine Municipal boundary.Pangaea has advised that its geological assessment has confirmed that the northern part of the exploration permit EP‐167 is not commercially prospective for oil or gas.
The Territory Government engaged international expert Dr Tina Hunter to provide an independent assessment of the draft Petroleum (Environment) Regulations for the Territory onshore gas industry. For a copy of the report visit nt.gov.au.
The recent Federal Budget allocation of $10 million through an extension of the Project Agreement with the Northern Territory Government will allow the continued rehabilitation planning at the former Rum Jungle Uranium mine site.
Major work is planned to address the long term environmental legacies at the former Rum Jungle mine site.