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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson speaking to reporters at Parliament House today. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Hatton to chair fracking inquiry

The state government has strengthened its ban on fracking in Perth and the South West, while moving to appoint Environmental Protection Authority chairman Tom Hatton to run a scientific inquiry into the drilling technique.

The government had previously implemented the Perth and South West ban through administrative action, fulfilling an election commitment, with a moratorium on fracking in the rest of the state pending the inquiry.

The Perth and South West ban has now been strengthened to be covered under delegated legislation, which means it is a regulation made by an executive agency under a power granted by past legislation.

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