The lifting of the ban will apply to about 2 per cent of the state.
The plan also outlined the heavy regulations companies must meet before they can begin fracking.
Companies will need consent from traditional owners and private landowners before production is permitted, but Wilderness Society WA acting state director Kit Sainsbury is worried this would not apply to exploration applications.
“The government made a lot of noise about the traditional owner veto, however, the devil is in the detail with these matters and the implementation plan doesn’t effectively review this point,” he said.
“The suggestion that they will need to consent solely to ‘production wells’ indicates that companies can come and frack freely during exploration. This will have no community support and must be clarified.”
“This marks the end of the ban on onshore [hydraulic fracturing] and companies may now submit applications to the EPA for review,” the company said.
“The Warro Project can now anticipate a time frame when further work at the field can be considered.”
Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association chief executive Andrew McConville said the plan highlighted there were robust regulations in place for fracking.
“Hydraulic fracturing has been used safely in Western Australia for more than 60 years and the independent scientific inquiry confirmed that properly regulated, hydraulic fracturing is a safe practice,” he said.
He said the industry needed a stable policy framework to ensure confidence for companies to continue to invest in oil and gas projects in WA.
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