Fracking report due

Last updated 10:38 04/06/2014

Relevant offers


Stories of detained Kiwis show 'crude' nature of Aus policy - Andrew Little MP Clare Curran posts photo of invalid flag vote online Freshwater group welcome new iwi rights under proposed RMA law change Little says Labour's job is to 'contest and challenge' the Government Bill English reassures "super is sustainable'' in Wanaka charm offensive Labour's Waikato economic time bomb comment dismissed Government backs off fundamental changes to resource management law Former Nasa scientist backs Kiwi woman's climate change lawsuit against govt Twyford slams Auckland's Special Housing Areas Kiwis in Australia share frustrations and setbacks with Labour's Andrew Little

Protesters will greet the release of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on fracking, due out at 1pm today.

The report is expected to be critical of the regulations controlling fracking in New Zealand and recommend they be tightened.

Commissioner Dr Jan Wright released her initial report in 2012 after concerns were raised about the environmental impact of fracking - the hydraulic fracturing of rock to release fossil fuels - which has been used in New Zealand for 25 years.

The preliminary report found fracking was probably safe providing it was well-regulated, which it was not, but more investigation was needed.

Members of Frack Free Kapiti will picket the launch of the report today.

In a statement the group said that irrespective of regulation "this form of gas production and its long term toxic pollutants can never be deemed safe nor environmentally sustainable in New Zealand".

In March, Environment Minister Amy Adams released best-practice guidelines for fracking.

The guidelines cover land farming and say fracking fluids needed to be controlled to ensure they did not contaminate water supplies.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?



Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content