The government in the Australian state of Tasmania announced Thursday its policy on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) after an official review into the possible introduction of the practice in the island.
Upon coming to Government the Hodgman Liberal Government introduced a 12 month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), to enable a review into the practice in Tasmania to occur. The Review was led by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, including the Environment Protection Authority Division and with Mineral Resources Tasmania in the Department of State Growth. The Review concluded in February.
Taking into account the submissions received, the findings from the Review and subsequent industry and community representations, the Government notes that:
The Tasmanian Government is taking a prudent and considered approach to the potential use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the State.
The Government will maintain a moratorium on the use of fracking for the purposes of hydrocarbon resource extraction, e.g. shale gas and petroleum, for five years, until March 2020.
The Government continues to support exploration activities for hydrocarbons, but fracking will not be permitted in its exploration. It follows that fracking would not be permitted in the development or production phases of a resource project either.
The Government supports our mining industry, and supports the right mining techniques in the right areas.
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