Exploration & Production

WA shale gas developers await fracking ruling

The state government is considering the findings of an inquiry into fracking, and may lift its moratorium or ban the practice entirely The state government is considering the findings of an inquiry into fracking, and may lift its moratorium or ban the practice entirely.
By Sally Bogle 21 September 2018 0 32633
Drilling offshore Australia. (Chevron)

The future of Western Australia’s (WA’s) two enormous onshore shale gas resources hangs in the balance as the state government considers the findings of a scientific inquiry into the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing. 

The independent inquiry panel was set up by the Labor party after it won the WA state election in March 2017. This week, a final report was delivered to the government, which will now decide whether to lift the state’s temporary ban on onshore fracking or...