Keep Nova Scotia FRACK free!

TO: Premier Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
CC: Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Energy and Mines
Iain Rankin, Minister of Environment
Tim Houston, PC Party Nova Scotia Leader
Gary Burrill, NDP Party Nova Scotia Leader

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Mr.
Stephen
McNeil
Nova Scotia Legislature
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Backgrounder

Nova Scotia implemented a ban on fracking in 2014 following an extensive expert review and public consultation process. The Council of Canadians and other organizations we worked with were a critical mobilizing force during that time, and together we overwhelmingly said “no!” to fracking in this province.

Now, the Nova Scotia government has released an Onshore Petroleum Atlas, showing how much shale gas is in Nova Scotia, and how much potential profit there is to be made by extracting it. This atlas demonstrates the government’s willingness to re-open the debate on fracking less than four years after it was banned.

Since the 2014 legislated ban, even more scientific evidence has been shared that shows the dangers fracking presents to human health, water and the environment.

The expert review and public consultation made key recommendations including that fracking should “not proceed at this time,” that “independently conducted research of a scientific and public participatory nature” is needed before fracking should be considered, and a “test of a community permission to proceed before exploration occurs.” The Onshore Petroleum Atlas does not meet any of these recommendations.

As the Government of Nova Scotia calls for discussion on fracking, we need to once again deliver our united message: No fracking in Nova Scotia.

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