Fracking

Fracking evidence tricky to pin down

Fracking evidence tricky to pin down

Establishing a link between fracking and earthquakes was ''difficult'', but circumstantial evidence pointed to there being one, Dr Andreas Lindstrom told an audience on Saturday at the Otago Foreign Policy School.

Ohio 'finds link' between fracking, quakes

Ohio 'finds link' between fracking, quakes

Ohio geologists have found a probable connection between fracking and a sudden burst of mild earthquakes last month in a region that had never experienced a temblor until recently, according to a state report.

Fracking consenting done, not notified

Fracking consenting done, not notified

Fracking for oil and gas around Otago and Southland is probably many years away, but the Taranaki Regional Council (TRC) has been dealing with the contentious issue for decades.

Report notes four fracking instances in South

Report notes four fracking instances in South

The use of hydraulic fracturing of rock, or ''fracking'', appears more widespread than originally thought, with some instances of fracking in Otago and earlier in Southland coming to light.

ORC fracking policy to depend on each case

No applications to undertake hydraulic fracking have been received by the Otago Regional Council, but its policy on whether an application is public or non-notified will be done case by case.

Fracking: proceed with caution

Fracking: proceed with caution

The interim report on fracking by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, has provided an analysis of the issues around the controversial technology, and a cautious conclusion that the environmental risks can be managed - with the provisos of operational best practice and effective regulation.

Casting vote papers over cracks

Casting vote papers over cracks

A casting vote by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull was needed to settle renewed divisions over fracking at a Dunedin City Council meeting yesterday.

Rift over council fracking halt call

Rift over council fracking halt call

Calls by the Dunedin City Council for a moratorium on fracking have opened up a fissure between Mayor Dave Cull and National's Dunedin-based list MP, Michael Woodhouse.

Debate fractures the community

Debate fractures the community

High-pressure rock fracturing, or "fracking" is a technology to release rock-bound oil and gas for an increasingly energy-hungry world, but it has also become the call to arms for environmentalists. Business Reporter Simon Hartley looks at where the battle-lines are being drawn by the numerous fracking factions.

Backing for fracking from mining expert

Fracking can be practised safely in New Zealand, with huge benefits, a mining and resource expert has argued.

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