Neil Reid at Stuff reports:
New Zealand’s environmental watchdog is unlikely to call for a ban on fracking upon the release of her initial inquiry into the controversial oil and gas industry technique.
Will this stop the Greens from trying to get it banned?
Green Party energy spokesman Gareth Hughes said if Wright did not make a binding stand on fracking in her report, he would call on the Government to order a moratorium on fracking until the procedure was proven safe.
Of course not. We should also ban manufacturing until it has been proven safe.
Earlier this month, Todd Energy released the 178-page submission it had provided Wright’s investigation.
In it, the energy company – which has a history of fracking in Taranaki – said New Zealand’s multibillion-dollar energy industry would be uneconomic if fracking was outlawed.
Todd Energy chief executive Paul Moore argued the practice could be done safely.
“We need to do it – but we also need to assure the public that we’re doing it well,” he said.
The sensible debate is around how it is done and what consents are needed.