NO FRACKING WAY SAYS NOVA SCOTIA

Sep 03, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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It’s the end of fracking in Nova Scotia.

The government there will introduce legislation this autumn to prohibit “high-volume hydraulic fracturing” for onshore shale gas.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger says he believes Nova Scotians aren’t comfortable with fracking – which is the  process that forces pressurized water and chemicals – into layers of rock – to release trapped natural gas and oil.

The provincial announcement comes after a report saying fracking shouldn’t be allowed –  until more independent research is done on health, environmental and economic impacts.

Supporters of the controversial process say the industry could kick-start Nova Scotia’s stalled economy – and reduce its reliance on polluting, coal-fired power plants.

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