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.

In March 2015, the New York Department of Health recommended a ban on hydraulic fracturing because of unknown risks to environmental and public health.

A report by a British charity, CHEM trust, that investigated the potential impact of chemicals, found fracking poses a significant risk to both human health and the environment.

According to the Australian Institute, the potential health impacts associated with fracking chemicals include cancer, skin and eye irritation, respiratory problems, damage to the nervous system, cells and blood, endocrine disruption and reproductive problems.

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