Hydraulic fracture inquiry: State Government’s Implementation Plan

Here you will find the Implementation Plan for the State Government’s response to the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia and related fact sheets

The Implementation Plan details the actions to implement the government’s policy and Scientific Inquiry recommendations. This includes the commitment to limit onshore hydraulic fracturing on land covered by existing titles as of 26 November 2018.

On 5 September 2017, the Western Australian Government announced an Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia.

The Inquiry handed its final report, which contains 91 findings and 44 recommendations, to the State Government on 12 September 2018.

The government accepted in-principle the Inquiry’s recommendations and on 27 November 2018 announced its Policy Decisions relating to hydraulic fracture stimulation in Western Australia.

A steering group has been formed to lead the government’s response. The group is co-chaired by the Departments of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety; and Water and Environmental Regulation.

It also includes senior officials from the Departments of Premier and Cabinet; Health; Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation; Planning, Lands and Heritage; and Treasury.

Implementation will require reforms to be made across a number of State Government agencies and stakeholders will have the opportunity to contribute.

A dedicated Implementation Plan website has been developed to provide information for stakeholders and parties interested in the Implementation Plan. To view the plan and keep up-to-date with activities visit  www.hydraulicfracturing.wa.gov.au.