Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion has welcomed the Legislative Council Environment and Public Affairs Committee's extensive report into hydraulic fracturing for unconventional gas.
"This report focuses on an industry that could be very important for Western Australia's energy future, and for local jobs in particular," Mr Marmion said.
"There has been considerable misinformation surrounding hydraulic fracturing, so hopefully the extensive input sought by this committee will help clarify the issue for the WA community.
"It is interesting to note that the committee found that claims of a proliferation of gas wells in the Kimberley and the Mid-West have been overstated and are not based on evidence.
"I also note the finding that there are sufficient safeguards to protect public drinking water source areas and that seismic activity risks from hydraulic fracturing are negligible in WA."
The Minister said the State Government would carefully analyse the 51 findings and 12 recommendations and respond in due course.
"The bottom line is that we are committed to protecting public health, water supplies and the environment, along with farming, horticulture and tourism assets - in line with community and landowners' values and expectations," Mr Marmion said.
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