Editorial: Follow the drill

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13th December, 2012
It’s easy to tell when an official report is well balanced, because lobby groups from across the spectrum claim it supports their position. So it is with the report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment on the process of extracting oil and gas by fracking. Green groups such as Forest & Bird and the Environmental Defence Society are happy because commissioner Jan Wright has endorsed the need for stronger regulation of fracking, which involves injecting water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to fracture fuel-bearing rock, releasing the gas or oil. ...

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