The WA (McGowan) Government has responded to community concerns about the risks of fracking gasfields by calling an inquiry and appointing a panel, chaired by Dr Tom Hatton.
The Inquiry began in November and in August 2018 will deliver a report to the WA Government. Details of the terms of reference can be found on the Inquiry website here, as well as background papers, information on the panel, and the scope of the inquiry.
Submissions can be made until March 19, 2018. There's no requirement on length or format, but we have tips here.
Short or long, email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org and cc in your local MP!
Make sure the inquiry panel is not just hearing from the gas industry - send a quick submission with our online tool, or make a more powerful submission with our tips or by attending one of our workshops.
Customise your submission to let the panel know how fracking could impact on your livelihood, health, environment, land, the food you eat or the water you drink. Your submission will also be more powerful if you back up your statements with references.
INQUIRY PUBLIC MEETINGS
The Inquiry Panel will be visiting a select number of communities across WA for "Public Meetings' in late February/early March. The McGowan Government will then form a decision on whether to ban fracking everywhere, or allow it to go ahead in certain areas.