Gas exploration stymied as Western Australia restricts onshore fracking

Western Australia’s new Labor government has stopped fracking in the state in a move critics say will deter investment in oil and gas exploration Western Australia’s new Labor government has stopped fracking in the state in a move critics say will deter investment in oil and gas exploration.
By Sally Bogle 21 September 2017 0 27666
Flaring from a shale gas well in eastern Australia’s Cooper Basin. Flaring from a shale gas well in eastern Australia’s Cooper Basin. (Senex)

At least one gas explorer in Western Australia (WA) has threatened to quit the sector following a ban on onshore fracking in the region’s southwest from this month and a temporary cessation elsewhere in the state pending the results of an independent scientific enquiry.

WA’s move against fracking, which took effect on 5 September, represents a surprising turn of events for Australia’s most-prolific petroleum state. It follows the accession of a new Labor government in WA with a strong clean energy mandate.

Whitebark Energy says the moratorium...

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