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MEDIA RELEASE: NTCA Response to Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing

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The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association (NTCA) presented its submission to the Northern Territory Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing on Friday 10 March.

The NTCA does not support hydraulic fracturing within the NT's current regulatory framework as the associated risks have not yet been sufficiently quantified, understood and explained.

Our members, representing over 90% of the NT cattle herd, hold a diverse range of views in relation to hydraulic fracturing, ranging from those who support the increased development it will bring to a majority of Australians, to those who feel the risks to our environment and enterprises far outweigh the potential benefits.

The NTCA has sought, on behalf of its members, the ultimate right to protect their livelihoods, land, water and natural resources, including the right to say no.

However, we also support the right of our members to decide to have unconventional shale gas developers access their land if they can come to an appropriate agreement.

Should a Landholder agree to access, the Government must establish a legislative framework for Access, Conduct and Compensation Agreements between Landholders and Proponents.

The NTCA will provide a comprehensive written submission as the inquiry progresses and it reserves its position until the recommendations of the inquiry are known.


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