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NT announces its ban on fracking will end

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April 17, 2018

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner has lifted a moratorium on gas fracking in the region.

The Northern Territory government has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas that will open up more than half of the territory's land mass to the controversial practice.

The first exploration fracking by petroleum companies is expected to occur early next year after the implementation of a regulatory regime and new laws, which the government insists will be strict.

The issue has sharply divided Territorians, many of whom believe fracking threatens water supplies, but Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the industry would create jobs.

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