Terms of Reference

The scientific inquiry is to undertake an assessment and report on the potential impacts arising from the implementation of hydraulic fracture stimulation (fracking) on the onshore environment of Western Australia, outside of the Perth metropolitan, Peel and South-West regions.
The Inquiry will:
  • Identify environmental, health, agricultural, heritage and community impacts associated with the process of hydraulic fracture stimulation in Western Australia, noting that impacts may vary in accordance with the location of the activity;
  • Use credible scientific and historical evidence to assess the level of risk associated with identified impacts;
  • Describe regulatory mechanisms that may be employed to mitigate or minimise risks to an acceptable level, where appropriate;
  • Recommend a scientific approach to regulating hydraulic fracture stimulation; and
  • Hold community meetings in Perth, and the Midwest and Kimberley regions.