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Tapping Australia Shale Would Worsen Carbon Emissions, Study Says

  • Developing new gas basin would add to the country’s emissions
  • Study exaggerates likely scale of production, industry says

Opening up a potentially huge shale gas region in Australia’s Northern Territory would increase the country’s already-hefty greenhouse gas emissions making it a “particularly dangerous” contributor to climate change, according to a new study.

The report, commissioned by environmental lobby group Lock The Gate, tested a range of scenarios for development of the McArthur Basin and Beetaloo sub-basin, which are located about 500 kilometers (311 miles) southeast of Darwin and estimated to contain roughly 500 trillion cubic feet of gas. Gas extraction would add about 20% or 75% to Australia’s total emissions, the study found, based on high and low production estimates for the region provided by industry to the NT Fracking Inquiry.