Fracking rules and management to come under spotlight - PCE
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Fracking rules and management to come
under spotlight - PCE
Parliamentary Commissioner for the
Environment Dr Jan Wright released her interim report on
fracking this afternoon.
The report, Evaluating
the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand,
concludes that fracking can be done safely if well managed
but raises concerns about the rules and safeguards
surrounding the practice New Zealand.
course of this investigation I have come to a similar
conclusion to the Royal Society which is that fracking is
safe if it is properly regulated and managed.
“However I have significant concerns about how
fragmented and complicated the regulatory environment for
fracking is and about how these rules are being applied.
“If fracking is not done well it can have significant
environmental impacts including polluting water and
“I am also concerned that
regulation may be too light-handed, particularly if fracking
opens the door to a large-scale and widespread oil and gas
boom with a lot of different companies involved.
“These concerns form the basis of the next stage of my
investigation into fracking which I hope to conclude before
the middle of next year.”
[Scoop copy of report: Frackinginterimweb.pdf]
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