APPEA Director of Northern Territory Steven Gerhardy said the report appeared to offer a sensible blueprint for the safe and responsible development of what could be an important new industry.
“Shale gas has the potential to provide much-needed jobs, investment and improved infrastructure in remote and regional areas. Royalties from shale gas could also become an important new source of revenue for the NT, increasing financial certainty for future governments and reducing their reliance on Canberra.”
Mr Gerhardy said Dr Hawke had produced a comprehensive and credible report that was a victory for science over scaremongering. He urged activists who had campaigned for an inquiry into hydraulic fracturing to accept the inquiry’s findings.