Senator Lazarus calls for ban on fracking

A SENATE crossbencher leading a committee examining the unconventional gas industry has called for a royal commission into its health impacts and an outright ban on fracking.

The Senate inquiry's interim report, released yesterday, failed to back the royal commission call by Senator Glenn Lazarus.

Aside from his call for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, Sen Lazarus called for the Federal Government to work with states and territories to cease approvals for any further coal seam gas mining projects across the country or the expansion or installation of further wells.

The gas industry, which tabled a 2400-page submission to the inquiry, insisted fracking was already properly regulated.

Oil and gas industry body APPEA attacked the "fear campaign peddled by industry opponents".

"Despite Senator Lazarus's best efforts to inflame the debate, the committee report contains no evidence to support his headline-seeking attacks on the industry," APPEA chief Dr Malcolm Roberts said.