Lift the hydraulic fracture stimulation moratorium on all onshore petroleum titles existing as of 26 November 2018; and maintain the ban over the South-West, Peel and Perth Metropolitan regions.
Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Hydraulic Fracturing) Regulations 2017 commenced on 9 December 2017 to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in the South-West, Peel and Perth Metropolitan regions; and impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for the rest of the State, pending the outcome of the Independent Scientific Panel Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Western Australia.
Gazettal of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Hydraulic Fracturing) Amendment Regulations 2019 marks completion of the Government’s Implementation Plan Action 1. The Amendment Regulations:
- lift the hydraulic fracturing moratorium on the areas of the State covered by existing Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 exploration permits, retention leases and production licences in force on 26 November 2018;
- extend the moratorium indefinitely across the rest of the State; and
- ban hydraulic fracturing in the Dampier Peninsula, national parks, gazetted public drinking water source areas and an area within 2,000 metres of gazetted public drinking water source areas.
The Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Hydraulic Fracturing) Amendment Regulations 2019 commenced on 7 September 2019.
Map illustrating onshore petroleum titles where hydraulic fracturing moratorium has been lifted is available under Other Resources in the Implementation Plan page of the website.