Progress of the Scientific Inquiry

The Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in WA is well underway. The Panel has developed a series of background papers to inform the development of submissions to the Inquiry. The independent scientific panel held several public meetings in the Kimberley, Midwest and Perth metropolitan regions in early 2018 and invited submissions on the potential environmental impacts, regulation and management of hydraulic fracture stimulation to obtain oil and gas. Public submissions were open from 27th November 2017 to 19 March 2018.

The Inquiry will consider the impacts associated with hydraulic fracture stimulation, together with those processes and activities associated with its application, over the full life-cycle of development, operations and closure.

The Inquiry will consider the potential impacts on the environment, and any material harm that those impacts might in turn have on the social surrounds (including heritage, human health and safety) or beneficial use of that environment.

At this stage, the anticipated timeline for the inquiry is as follows:

Scientific Inquiry announced 5 September 2017
Terms of Reference released 5 September 2017
Inquiry Chair appointed 5 September 2017
Panel members appointed 11 October 2017
Inaugural meeting of the Panel 16 October 2017
Background and Issues Paper released 3 November 2017
Additional information and case studies made available 27 November 2017
Submissions period opens 27 November 2017
Public meetings in Perth, the Midwest and the Kimberley February and April 2018
Submission period closes 19 March 2018

Provision of Final Report to Minister