Although the Western Australian inquiry into fracking has been concluded, the State Government is yet to release its recommendations on the future of this industry. Former Australian of the Year, Professor Fiona Stanley, and WA DEA Chair Dr Richard Yin write that a public health approach would favour caution until the evidence for the industry's safety is clear.
As current evidence stands, fracking poses major health concerns.
At the local level, there are fears that the chemicals used in fracking can potentially harm air, water and soil. More broadly, WA's unconventional gas resources if utilised would triple Australia's energy allowance under the Paris Agreement to limit global warming under 1.5 degrees.
WA has an abundance of wind and solar to lead in clean energy.
It's time to commit to strong action on climate change, ban fracking and take the lead in the renewable energy revolution.
First published in The West Australian, 9 November 2018
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