Frack­ing mo­ra­to­rium

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The West­ern Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment has banned frack­ing in the pop­u­lar south-west tourist re­gion and put in place a statewide mo­ra­to­rium, pend­ing an in­de­pen­dent sci­en­tific in­quiry.

Premier Mark McGowan has an­nounced his gov­ern­ment was ban­ning ex­ist­ing and fu­ture frack­ing pe­tro­leum titles in Perth and the south-west and Peel re­gions.

An in­quiry led by En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity chair Tom Hat­ton will as­sess the risk and reg­u­la­tions of frack­ing, used to ex­tract pe­tro­leum prod­ucts for the devel­op­ment of un­con­ven­tional oil and gas sup­plies.

On­shore frack­ing in WA is re­stricted to shale gas since no com­mer­cially vi­able de­posits of coal have been iden­ti­fied.

The WA arm of Aus­tralian Pe­tro­leum Pro­duc­tion and Ex­plo­ration As­so­ci­a­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, St­ed­man El­lis, said an in­quiry by the En­vi­ron­ment and Pub­lic Af­fairs com­mit­tee had al­ready found frack­ing posed a ‘‘neg­li­gi­ble risk’’ to the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘The com­mit­tee’s find­ings echoed those of more than a dozen other in­quiries in Aus­tralia and count­less in­de­pen­dent re­views and stud­ies which all con­firmed that frack­ing is safe,’’ Mr El­lis said.

Since the McGowan Gov­ern­ment swept into power in March there has been an ef­fec­tive mo­ra­to­rium on all frack­ing projects, which Mr El­lis claims has stalled $380 mil­lion in in­vest­ment in new projects.

‘‘WA does not need an­other frack­ing in­quiry. What it des­per­ately needs is new jobs, in­vest­ment and roy­al­ties to help re­pair the state bud­get,’’ Mr El­lis said.

‘‘The in­dus­try should be al­lowed to get on with it.’’

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