TNR’s submission to the SA Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee fracking inquiry

There were a total of 176 submissions to the SA Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee Inquiry into Unconventional Gas (Fracking).  Given the fact that the Inquiry had been instigated on the basis of fear-mongering, myths and pseudo-science in the first place, TNR sought to counter and challenge the inevitable barrage of distorted information submitted by the misinformed with a submission based on the facts and science.

The following is TNR’s covering letter with links the submission and relevant documentation:

From: Bruce Holland [mailto:bruce@………………….]
Sent: Friday, 6 February 2015 11:40 AM
To: ‘patrick.dupont@parliament.sa.gov.au’
Subject: Unconventional Gas (Fracking)

Dear Patrick,

Re: Inquiry into: Unconventional Gas (Fracking)

My name is Bruce Holland, and I am the Secretary of The Norwood Resource Incorporated (TNR).

As I mentioned in an earlier email (20 Jan 15), it would be likely that our submission may be late by a week or so, I am pleased to be able to give you our submission today.

We understand the Natural Resources Committee will receive many submissions, and would encourage the Committee to look to the facts and evidence of the history of fracking already carried out over the last 40 years or so in the North of SA.
Fracking is like any other drilling technology, and if it is engineered well (which has occurred to date in SA),
if it is governed well (which it has to date in SA, and there is no reason to believe this will not be the case for the SE ), and
if it is done well, (again given the history of good Operators in SA, and particularly in the SE there is no reason to believe this will not be the case),
then fracking is as safe as any other drilling technology, recognising there is nothing which is risk free.
Further, given there has already been approx. 120 wells drilled in the SE to date all without incident this leads us (TNR) to encourage the Committee to agree with us that SA already has the tools (regulatory, environmental oversight, etc) to enable wells to be fracked in the SE similarly to the 700 wells fracked in the North of SA to date.

The attached consists of;
A letter to the Committee (our submission)
 Attachment A– Hydraulic Fracture Stimulation in Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons, and
 Attachment B– Do Protestors tell You the Truth and are their protests based on Facts??

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this submission

Kind regards

Bruce Holland
Secretary
The Norwood Resource

In conclusion, TNR anticipates that the Committee will inevitably arrive at its conclusion based on the facts and science, not misinformation and pseudo-science.  This will mean that fracking is an acceptable technology for the development of oil and gas resources in South Australia in the same way as it has been accepted in other forward thinking jurisdictions such as Western Australia, the Northern Territory and the United States.  Although the latter link is a draft assessment released for public comment and peer review on 4 June 2015, it represents the most comprehensive assessment of fracking ever done and concludes that “there is no widespread harm to water” which is contrary to the claims of all anti-frackers.

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