Sep 03, 2014
By Michael Kramer
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.