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Fracking report finds regulations inadequate

John Kerr posted in on June 5th, 2014.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is calling on the government to put in place better regulations managing the environmental risks of oil and gas drilling – before it is too late. In a new report launched this week the Commissioner, Dr Jan Wright, said New Zealand needed to be ready to cope with the […]

Oil and gas exploration changes pushed – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on June 4th, 2014.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, today released the second part of her investigation into fracking and unconventional oil and gas exploration.  The report and a Q&A document from the Commissioner can be downloaded here.You can listen to audio of Dr Wright speaking at the report’s launch in Wellington, below: The SMC […]

Fracking to resume in the UK – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on December 14th, 2012.

The UK Government has given the go-ahead for hydraulic fracking activity in the country to tap valuable sources of shale gas. A drilling company Cuadrilla, was previously stopped from fracking after two small earthquakes occurred near Blackpool in the region of where fracking was happening. (See additional scientific commentary on thew Blackpool tremors). Conditions have been […]

Media focus on fracking following report

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2012.

The release of a much-anticipated report into the oil and gas extraction technique ‘fracking’ has stimulated public discussion on the regulation of the mining process in New Zealand. Parliamentary Comissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, yesterday released her report, Evaluating the environmental impacts of fracking in New Zealand: An interim report, which covers the background, […]

Fracking in New Zealand – experts on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s report

Peter Griffin posted in on November 27th, 2012.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, today released her report on hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The PCE’s report covers the background, environmental risks, current oversight and future implications of the use of unconventional techniques in oil and gas production in New Zealand. The Science Media Centre has gathered comment from scientists and independent […]

Fracking discussed on RNZ’s Nine to Noon

John Kerr posted in on August 23rd, 2012.

For Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon, Kathryn Ryan talks to Drew Hutton, president of the Lock The Gate Alliance in Australia and Rosalind Archer, Associate Professor at the Department of Engineering Science at Auckland University. Listen to the audio below.

Gareth Hughes responds to Smith on fracking

John Kerr posted in on August 22nd, 2012.

Last week MP Nick Smith wrote an opinion piece on fracking which featured in several newspapers. Now Green MP Gareth Hughes has written a rebuttal for the New Zealand Herald. An excerpt (read in full here): Gareth Hughes: Fracking not a sensible choice for NZ Former Environment Minister Nick Smith needs to get his fracking […]

UK, US reports link fracking and quakes

John Kerr posted in on April 20th, 2012.

The number of earthquakes in the central United States rose “spectacularly” near where oil and gas drillers disposed of wastewater underground, according to a new study. The new report from the US Geological Survey comes just days after a UK report confirmed a causal link between fracking and seismic activity at a drilling site in […]

UK Report confirms fracking caused minor quakes

John Kerr posted in on April 17th, 2012.

A report from independent experts into seismic risk associated with hydraulic fracturing commissioned by the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was released in London today. The report reviews data on small-scale earthquakes that occurred during fracking of the Preese Hall site near Blackpool in April and May 2011. It concludes that the […]

Inquiry will clear the air on fracking – editorial

John Kerr posted in on April 3rd, 2012.

The editorial in today’s (Tuesday 3rd April) New Zealand Herald welcomes the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s announcement of an official inquiry into  fracking. An excerpt (read in full here): Editorial: Probe should yield clarity on fracking The inquiry into fracking being undertaken by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is extremely welcome. The technique, […]

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