Fracking ban lifted in some parts of WA

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A MORATORIUM on gas fracking in parts of Western Australia has been officially lifted.

In November, the state government announced its election promise banning the practice in the South West, Peel and Perth regions would remain, but fracking would be allowed on existing petroleum titles in other areas.

On Friday, the government lifted the moratorium but stressed the petroleum titles where fracking would be permitted covered just two per cent of WA.

Fracking is prohibited within two kilometres of public drinking water sources, in national parks, towns and the Dampier Peninsula.

Traditional owners and farmers can also prevent oil and gas companies from fracking on their land.

Companies must refer all exploration and production projects to the Environmental Protection Authority for assessment.

“A new code of practice will also be developed, prescribing minimum enforceable standards for hydraulic fracturing activities,” Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston said.