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Question Without Notice No. 798 asked in the Legislative Council on 13 September 2018 by Hon Rick Mazza

Minister responding: Hon S.N. Dawson
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 13 September 2018

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING — SCIENTIFIC STUDY

798. Hon RICK MAZZA to the Minister for Environment:

I refer to an article in today's The West Australian titled ''Frack inquiry finished'', and my questions of 12 September 2017 and 10 May 2018 regarding that inquiry.

(1) When will the report be made public?

(2) Can the minister now advise the total cost of this additional scientific inquiry?

(3) If no to (2), why not?

(4) Can the minister advise the number of days that the inquirers committed to the inquiry?

(5) If no to (4), why not?

(6) Will this government implement further inquiries into fracking?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The report will be made public on the inquiry website once the government has had time to consider its findings and recommendations and formulate a response.

(2) Yes. The inquiry cost is currently being finalised. It is estimated to be less than $450 000.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Yes. The inquirers committed approximately 200 days to the inquiry.

(5) Not applicable.

(6) The government will not make any decisions until it has read the report and considered the findings and recommendations.