Skip to main content
Home

Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1294 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 December 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

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

Answered on

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING — GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

1294. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the Minister for Environment:

Given that gas, oil and coal need to be phased out as a result of the Paris Agreement, will the minister explain why allowing for fracked gas, which is 10 per cent worse than natural gas, is an acceptable environmental option in terms of CO2 emissions?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

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

Even though the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia concluded that the amount of additional greenhouse gas emissions resulting from hydraulic fracturing is small, the government understands that greenhouse gas emissions are an increasingly important issue for Western Australians.

As I have previously outlined in this place, in line with the findings and recommendations of the independent scientific inquiry, the McGowan government considers the avoidance, monitoring, regulation and offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions as integral to allowing this industry. In addition, the royalties from any unconventional gas projects will be used to support new renewable energy projects via the establishment of a clean energy future fund. An implementation group has been tasked to determine the means by which this can be achieved in a plan to be delivered in March 2019.