Council halts fracking decision-making
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.