THE State Government has gazetted regulations confirming its earlier administrative ban on fracking (hydraulic fracture stimulation) in Peel, the South-West and Perth.
The delegated legislation also supports the statewide fracking moratorium that has already been implemented while the scientific inquiry is underway.
The inquiry, expected to be completed within 12 months, will address community concerns around fracking.
Led by Environmental Protection Authority chairman Tom Hatton, the inquiry will hold public meetings in Perth, the Mid-West and Kimberley regions with opportunities for public submissions.
Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnson said the State Government recognised the need to protect the environment from risks associated with fracking.
“While the fracking plan in Peel, the South West and Perth has already been achieved, the regulations provide a permanent ban in these areas,’’ he said.
“We will consider the community’s views and the outcome of the inquiry in forming our decision on the future of fracking in Western Australia.”
The community can express their view to the inquiry on line and submissions are open until March 19.