Western Australia's updated fracking policy

Western Australia (WA) has some of the world's largest known reserves of gas trapped in underground rock formations. To extract these gas reserves commercially, the technique of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) would need to be used.

Fracking is a gas extraction technique whereby underground rock is drilled and then pumped at high pressure with fracking fluid (a mixture of chemicals, sand, and water) which fractures the rock and then holds the fractures open so that the trapped gas can be released for collection.

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