Action item 7.17



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

That prior to the grant of any further exploration approvals, the discharge of any onshore shale gas hydraulic fracturing wastewater (treated or untreated) to either drainage lines, waterways, temporary stream systems or waterholes be prohibited.

Target completion date


Reform area
Ensuring accountable industry practice
Project action
Managing wastewater and chemical safety
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Action item update

Implementation progress

Amendments to the Water Act 1992 commenced on 19 June 2019 and stipulate that release of hydraulic fracturing waste to surface waters is an offence.