28 March 2012
PCE to investigate "fracking"
Initial scoping work being done on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been stepped up to an official investigation.
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, says the preliminary work indicated there is a need to examine the issue more closely.
"The work that has been done by my office thus far shows a substantive case for an official investigation under the Environment Act.
"Over the next few months my staff and I will conduct this investigation and produce a report to Parliament.
"I realise this is a hugely contentious issue and I would hope to have a report tabled in the House before the end of this year."