Frack­ing in­quiry waste

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - John Geary, Bus­sel­ton

Mark McGowan’s Govern­ment is set­ting up an­other in­quiry into frack­ing.

In view of the Premier’s de­scrip­tion of the cur­rent eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion as the “worst fi­nan­cial cri­sis since the Great De­pres­sion”, per­haps he could save tax­pay­ers a heap of money by read­ing the one he al­ready has. I am re­fer­ring to the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil Re­port 42, which took more than two years to com­plete and was re­leased as re­cently as Novem­ber, 2015.

The com­mit­tee of five, which in­cluded two of his own MPs, con­sulted widely with lo­cal and over­seas ex­perts, and vis­ited some of the drilling sites. The com­mit­tee con­cluded that, with ro­bust reg­u­la­tion and mon­i­tor­ing, the process of hy­draulic frac­tur­ing for un­con­ven­tional gas in WA could pro­ceed, and the risk of aquifer con­tam­i­na­tion was neg­li­gi­ble.

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