‘Fracking’ gas extraction spurs controversy

A high-pressure method for extracting oil and natural gas has been gaining attention as its use is grows in New Zealand.

Hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’ or ‘fraccing’, is a mining process which involves pumping mixtures of water, sand and chemicals into bore holes to break apart rock seams containing oil and natural gas.

Recent national coverage of hydraulic fracturing:

Taranaki Daily Times:  Concern as gas drilling intensifies

Radio New Zealand: Ban wanted on extraction method

Radio New Zealand: Fracking linked to earthquakes

Taranaki Daily Times: Public divided over fracking risk

The Press: Fracking: yes or no?

Several newspaper opinion pieces have raised the issue, arguing the potential benefits and harms of the process.

Taranaki Daily Times:  Editorial: A fracking scandal on our back doorstep

New Zealand Herald: What the frack is the government thinking

Taranaki Daily Times: To frack or not to frack?

New Zealand Herald: Fraction too much fiction about fracking

Press: Don’t believe fracking scare stories