24/02/2017 - 06:06

One Nation not keen on fracking

24/02/2017 - 06:06

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Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is hoping to put an end to decades of fracking in Western Australia, if the party wins seats in the upcoming state election.

One Nation is not keen on fracking.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation is hoping to put an end to decades of fracking in Western Australia, if the party wins seats in the upcoming state election.

One Nation WA leader Colin Tincknell released the policy last night.

“Pauline Hanson’s One Nation WA do not support the continuation of fracking, that is, the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc. so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas,” said Mr Tincknell.

“I understand In WA, no formal environmental impact assessment of any fracking activity has been undertaken by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) despite thousands of submissions from community members calling for one.”

A 2014 bulletin by the Environmental Protection Authority said it would assess any proposals likely to have a significant impact.

“In recent years, a number of proposals involving hydraulic fracturing have been referred to the Environmental Protection Authority for environmental impact assessment,” the Authority said.

“Being small scale, proof-of-concept proposals that were unlikely to have a significant effect on the environment, the EPA decided not to formally assess these proposals

“A key test for the EPA in determining whether it should assess a proposal is whether the proposal, if implemented, is likely to have a significant impact on the environment.

“Therefore the EPA does not assess all proposals but has a responsibility to assess hydraulic fracturing proposals which it considers may have a significant environmental impact.”

In the release, the party also said it would amend the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 to give landowners the right to veto any fracking on their land if the party won the balance of power.

One Nation isn't the only party with an opposition to fracking.

Labor have committed to ban fracking in Perth, Peel and the South West, a proposal that earned ridicule from the Liberal Party which said there were no proposals to frack in the region.

The Greens WA have called for a statewide ban.

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