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Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Climate change worries cause further fracking delay

Commissioner Jan Wright

Feds urge councils not to 'screw' farmers over water report

Dr Jan Wright

Green candidate led fracking report team

Quentin Duthie

'No red flag' on fracking, says watchdog

Commissioner makes it clear the evidence does not back up some of the more emotive claims.

'Fracking' report to trigger political row

A report to parliament this afternoon is expected to endorse fracking but advocate stronger safeguards.

Environmental watchdog attacks lignite plans

Solid Energy and the country’s environmental watchdog are at loggerheads about the viability of proposed lignite developments in Southland.

Dr Jan Wright, the parliamentary commissioner for the environment, released a report today in strong opposition to large-scale lignite developments.

Both state-owned enterprise Solid Energy and the L&M Group are investigating lignite developments over thousands of hectares in Southland and Otago.