Commissioner recommends Govt maintains regulations to minimise fracking risks

By Heeni Brown

The Government needs to keep up with its regulations in order to minimise the risks of an environmental disaster from fracking in NZ, especially if the industry is about to expand outside of Taranaki. 

This today from the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in her report on fracking.

Hydraulic fracking to mine underground resources is an issue widely debated across the country.  The latest report looked at how effective Government regulations are when it comes to fracking and drilling.

The Commissioner found current laws were inadequate for managing the environmental risks of oil and gas drilling. 

Environmentalists such as Emily Bailey of Taranaki are hoping for a moratorium on fracking and says the recommendations don't go far enough to protect the environment.

The East Coast has been another region of interest for mining, and local MP Moana Mackey welcomes the recommendations but urges Government to implement the changes immediately.

The Minister of Environment Amy Adams and Minister of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges say they will consider the Commissioner's recommendations.