COW HEAD A citizen’s group will hold a public meeting next week to discuss energy development in the Shoal Point area on the Northern Peninsula.
The meeting comes two days before an official meeting to be held by executives responsible for the Shoal Point oil and gas development next Thursday. The group’s spokesperson, Angie Payne, said the group hopes to get as many local residents as possible to discuss the issues before attending the official meeting Thursday. They are concerned about controversial techniques that could be used, like fracking, and the effect it could have on the local area.
“Our thoughts were that people should know the issues a little better to be able to ask the right questions before the official meeting next week,” said Payne. “We’d like people to hear all sides of the issue.”
Payne said there are major economic advantages to oil and gas exploration, but there are also disadvantages, such as poor environmental health.
The meeting will take place at the Shallow Bay Motel Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a short presentation followed by a conference call with the St. Lawrence Coalition and the Council for Canadians.