Coun­cil halts frack­ing de­ci­sion-mak­ing

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

The Shire of East Pil­bara has elected to hold off on de­ci­sions in­volv­ing frack­ing un­til the State Gov­ern­ment com­pletes its in­quiry into en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of the gas min­ing method.

At last month’s Shire coun­cil meet­ing, the coun­cil voted against the mo­tion to adopt a new Un­con­ven­tional Gas Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­tion Ac­tiv­i­ties (Frack­ing) Pol­icy.

The de­ci­sion to de­lay on a pol­icy adop­tion comes af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced an in­de­pen­dent sci­en­tific panel in­quiry into the ef­fects on the en­vi­ron­ment of the process of frack­ing.

Frack­ing, other­wise known as hy­draulic frac­ture stim­u­la­tion, in­volves pump­ing flu­ids and prop­pants into the ground to in­duce frac­tures, en­cour­ag­ing oil and gas to flow out of rock for­ma­tions.

The in­quiry is part of an elec­tion prom­ise by the Gov­ern­ment to ban the min­ing method for ex­ist­ing and fu­ture petroleum ti­tles.

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