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Labor Government Down Under Announces Plan to Lift Ban On Fracking

Xinhua News Agency

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) government has announced its plan to re-introduce fracking.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is the process of injecting liquid at high-pressure into subterranean rocks to widen existing fissures and extract oil or gas.

The government placed a moratorium on the practice in September 2016, citing environmental risks associated with fracking such as the impact it has on surrounding farmland and the increased production of greenhouse gas emissions.

Michael Gunner (Labor Party), Chief Minister of the NT, on Tuesday evening released details of how all 135 recommendations of a 15-month scientific inquiry that recommended lifting the moratorium but enforcing strict rules and regulations on the mining industry would be adopted.

He said that under the plan, onshore gas exploration in the NT would resume from April to November, the region’s dry season, 2019.

The decision has been welcomed by the federal government which has pressured every state and territory to allow fracking.

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