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-shale-Nova-Scotia-high-volume-ban-energy-EDIWeekly
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

  • Plastics use in cars to nearly double in four years: report
  • "Fireworks" in Canada's economy as GDP rises 2.3 per cent in January
  • Offshore Wind Power Generation is 125 Times Better for Taxpayers Than Oil or Gas: Gizmodo
  • $ Trillions needed to decarbonise global energy supply to meet Paris Agreement targets
  • FirstEnergy of Calgary to host ninth London Global Energy Conference
  • CSeries on track for 300 orders: Bombardier
  • Windsor-Detroit bridge can proceed as final obstacles fall
  • Drone use by business set to explode, worth $127B by 2020: PwC
  • Porter Airlines seeks to extend island airport runway for jets
  • Mixed results for Canada's auto parts industry: report
  • 2021 Trends in Engineered Design and Engineering — Trending Technologies
  • Bombardier upbeat about growth prospects now that CSeries jets are flying
  • Europe trying to break China's monopoly for "rare-earth elements" and reduce dependence for other minerals
  • Canada's oil industry facing labour shortage: survey
  • New Boeing 737 Max 8 crash mystery. Why did Lion Air flight 610 crash, killing 189 people, only 13 minutes after take-off?
  • Hummer and Hyundai's four-way steering "e-corner" showcased breakthrough "crabwalk" steering enhancements
  • Deep Roads — researchers propose taking road expansion underground to reduce congestion and pollution
  • Robocop becomes real-world: robot law enforcement in Dubai may bring Robocop to a neighborhood near you
  • GE expanding cold-weather jet engine facility in Winnipeg
  • Detect lung cancer with a nanotech breathalizer? It works, four out of five times, could revolutionize cancer screening
Scroll to Top