Buru Energy had undertaken a fracking operation in the Kimberley.

APPEA welcomes fracking reports

Most chemicals used in hydraulic fracking are not harmful, while precautions can be taken to prevent problems from those substances which are, according to a CSIRO report released today.


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Most chemicals? That alone tells us that some are, and some is some too many. Chalk up more misdirection to the gas companies and their tame bureaucrats.

I presume, Graeme, that you live in a cave, don't drive a car, don't have any plastic products in use in your home, and don't eat any sort of processed food. You do seem to use a communication device, which I can only imagine you've craftily fashioned from hemp and sisal, with no chemicals in use in the circuit boards, wires, batteries, screen or any other part of the functioning device. It's exactly this sort of misinformation that reports like the one done by the CSIRO are designed to counter. As the article notes, the biggest risk is in chemical transport, and chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process are a miniscule proportion of those transported and in use in Australia every day. I'm not in, or an apologist for, the industry; I'm just interested in a reasonable scientific debate on an activity that seems to have the potential to add a great deal of value (including in disadvantaged indigenous communities if the resources are on Native Title lands) and enhance Australian energy security. A reasoned scientific debate is what we need, and hopefully those voices of reason will cut through the noise, eventually.

Almost half the chemicals used in the process would be likely cause harm to public health ....

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