The auditor-general has turned down requests to investigate the Taranaki Regional Council's regulation and monitoring of oil and gas operations in Taranaki.
A statement on the auditor- general's website said concerns raised in a petition on change.org in July were mostly environmental, and the auditor- general focused on financial, governance, management and organisational matters.
It also said that because the Parliamentary commissioner for the environment announced an official investigation into fracking in New Zealand in March, a further inquiry by the auditor-general was not necessary or an effective use of public money.
- Taranaki Daily News
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