Onshore gas water lifecycle management options framework

Managing wastewater sustainably in the Northern Territory

This project developed a water management framework with a focus on identifying sustainable options for managing onshore gas wastewater in the Northern Territory. The outputs from this framework include fit-for-purpose management and water treatment alternatives that consider costs, and high-level environmental and social outcomes.

Water management is one of the main concerns held by those communities potentially impacted by shale gas development in the NT. This project involved close consultation with industry, government and community groups to incorporate a range of key social, environmental and economic assessment criteria into the framework. The use of the framework can assist industry and regulators to make optimal wastewater management decisions, with benefits to local communities, broader society and the environment.

NT Beetaloo landscape