Australia's Northern Territory Lifts Fracking Ban

Australia's Northern Territory Lifts Fracking Ban
Australia's Northern Territory lifts a nearly 2-year moratorium on fracking to extract gas, unlocking vast onshore reserves in the resource-rich region.

Drillers will need to make wells compliant with new design codes and present plans for decommissioning and rehabilitation before production begins, it said in a statement.

But environmentalists condemned the move.

"This decision ... is a betrayal of the science and of the significant community opposition which has been expressed over the last few years," said Lauren Mellor, a spokeswoman for environmental group Frack Free NT Alliance.

(Reporting by Tom Westbrook in SYDNEY and Henning Gloystein in SINGAPORE; Editing by Michael Perry and Joseph Radford)


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