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The Inquiry

This is a scientific inquiry, and the Panel will consider perspectives, concerns and projections of onshore hydraulic fracture stimulation in Western Australia, within the scope of the Terms of Reference, as well as technical evidence that would inform their consideration. We ask stakeholders and the wider public to assist the inquiry to ensure the Panel has:
  • A full and appropriate understanding of the environmental values potentially at risk from unconventional oil and gas developments involving hydraulic fracture stimulation; 
  • Any data or other evidence that might inform a scientific risk analysis of those impacts, with an emphasis on local geographies and geologies, and local evidence from Western Australia; and 
  • Any reflections or experience on what a regulatory framework should ideally look like if the Government lifts the current Moratorium.

Making a Submission

Given that the Panel is basing its advice on technical evidence and experience, it is requested that any substantial information be submitted in writing. 

The submissions period is currently open and will close on 19th March 2018. Information can be provided by:

a. making a written submission
Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry 
Locked Bag 33 
Cloisters Square 

b. speaking with Panel members at one of the public meetings

Public Meetings

The Independent Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in WA will be holding the following public meetings in regional locations to ensure that local stakeholders have the opportunity to provide information and evidence to inform the Scientific Inquiry. 
Date Location Time
Monday 26th February 2018 Fitzroy Crossing 1pm til 5pm
Tuesday 27th February 2018 Broome 1pm til 5pm
Thursday 1st March 2018 Dongara 11am til 3pm
Friday 2nd March 2018 Dandaragan 10am til 2pm

The Independent Scientific Inquiry will also be holding a meeting in Perth to ensure that stakeholders and the general public who do not live and work in areas where hydraulic fracturing may occur have the opportunity to provide information and evidence to inform the inquiry. 
Date Location Time
Wednesday 28 February 2018 Perth 12:30pm til 4:30pm