Natural resource protection pledge


FRACKING DEBATE: State Premier Jay Weatherill in Tantanoola yesterday. Mr Weatherill said science must demonstrate that fracking will not cause any environmental harm before the State Government will allow the unconventional mining process to commence in the South East. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

FRACKING DEBATE: State Premier Jay Weatherill in Tantanoola yesterday. Mr Weatherill said science must demonstrate that fracking will not cause any environmental harm before the State Government will allow the unconventional mining process to commence in the South East. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

PREMIER Jay Weatherill vowed yesterday fracking would only be allowed to proceed in the South East if it could be demonstrated no environmental harm would be caused.

Visiting the region to attend the grand opening of Blue Lake Dairy Group's Tantanoola processing plant, he spoke to The Border Watch about his position on fracking amid ongoing debate surrounding the issue.

Proposed unconventional gas exploration in the South East has caused unprecedented backlash, with local government representatives joining the chorus of concern about potential environmental damage.

The South Australian Liberal Party has also vowed to implement a decade-long moratorium on fracking in the South East if it wins government at the next state election.

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