The Northern Territory Government has banned fraccing and mining in the Watarrka (Kings Canyon) National Park.
In a meeting with the Central Land Council (CLC), the Northern Territory Government declared a mineral and petroleum reserve over the entire park.
The declaration under the Petroleum Act reserves the park from the grant of an exploration permit or license.
“The reserves will provide significant levels of protection to the park that will exclude any future mineral or energy exploration and extraction,” the Department of Mines and Energy wrote to the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) in a letter dated 30 May 2017.
The park continues to be subject to an application for protection under the federal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act and is being assessed for National Heritage Listing.