McGowan Govt Strengthens Fracking Ban In South-West Peel And Perth

McGowan Govt Strengthens Fracking Ban In South-West Peel And Perth

Western Australia Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston

Legislative Fracking Ban Achieved In South-West Peel And Perth

Victor P Taffa

  • Fracking ban strengthened in South-West, Peel and Perth regions following gazettal
  • State-wide moratorium on fracking reinforced while scientific inquiry is underway

McGowan Government today gazetted regulations confirming its earlier administrative ban on hydraulic fracture stimulation (fracking) in the South-West, Peel and Perth regions.

“McGowan Government recognises the need to protect the State’s environment from risks associated with fracking.” Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston said.

“While the fracking ban in the South-West, Peel and Perth regions has already been achieved, the regulations provide a permanent ban in these areas.”

This delegated legislation also supports the State-wide fracking moratorium that has already been implemented, while the scientific inquiry is underway.

Inquiry, expected to be completed within 12 months, will address community concerns around fracking.

Led by the Environmental Protection Authority chairman, Dr. Tom Hatton, the inquiry will hold public meetings in Perth and the Mid-West and Kimberley regions, with opportunities for public submissions.

Community members can express their views to the inquiry online, submissions are open until March 19, 2018.