No fracking for now in Nova Scotia

The government of Nova Scotia has decided to play it safe where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is concerned. The energy minister announced that the province intends to prohibit high-volume fracking for offshore shale gas indefinitely in response to public opinion and the recommendations of a key scientific study released last spring.

The Council of Canadian Academies concluded that there are significant risks to the environment and to human health associated with fracking, though economic benefits could be substantial. But the minister acknowledged that the people of Nova Scotia are not “comfortable” with fracking. There have also been violent protests over fracking in the neighbouring province of New Brunswick, a fact that was taken into consideration in reaching the decision to ban it.

Fracking rig in the Marcellus shale formation in western Pennsylvania.

Canada’s finance minister, Joe Oliver, has already warned that the decision could be a “lost opportunity” for Nova Scotia’s economy. He pointed out that there have been 175,000 wells drilled in western provinces over the past fifty years without a single case of drinking water contamination. Oliver said that the record for fracking is “long, it’s clear, it’s unambiguous and it’s unblemished.”

However, the type of high-volume fracking that is to be banned in Nova Scotia is not the same as conventional fracking in that it requires more water. The method has been used for less than ten years.

Besides recommending a moratorium on fracking for the present time, the key recommendations of the independent panel that studied the issue are that more research be done and that the province develop a test by which to determine “community permission” for any future fracking projects.

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Pipelines, railways equally safe for transporting crude oil: report
  • Only 13% of Canadian manufacturers likely to change export strategy despite trade disputes even though 87% are looking beyond the US market
  • Highly Accurate Counting Technique from National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Two auto parts plants adding jobs in southwestern Ontario
  • Honda to spend $492 million on Alliston plant upgrades
  • Ontario's FIT program ruled illegal by World Trade Organization
  • More R&D, innovation not free trade deals needed to boost Canada's exports: economist
  • Magna unveils newest concept car, posts strong Q4 profits
  • Automation-proof jobs, and jobs that will eventually be automated
  • Propellant leak during emergency abort sets back Boeing's spacecraft development for NASA
  • SNC-Lavalin wins large Paris metro contract
  • Demand for industrial real estate soaring in Canada: report
  • GM investing $250 million at Ingersoll plant
  • Artificial leaf converts sunlight, water to fuel
  • Canadian high school student wins top prize at Intel International Science Fair
  • Canadian car sales break record amid concern about investment in the industry
  • Gold miners expand production in Nunavut, estimated reserves in BC
  • Subsidies part of the game in global aerospace industry
  • Resource-based provinces lead in wage gains
  • Construction industry will boom in Northern Ontario, GTA: report
Scroll to Top