WA bans fracking in south-west, calls for submissions on state-wide ban
The WA Government has gazetted regulations confirming a permanent ban on hydraulic fracture stimulation (fracking) in the South-West, Peel and Perth regions.
The legislation also supports the State-wide fracking moratorium, that has already been implemented, while a scientific inquiry is underway.
The 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.
Submissions are open until March 19, 2018. More information is at http://www.frackinginquiry.wa.gov.au