Other parties want more details from government on review

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The official Opposition and the New Democratic Party both want more details from government and how it is dealing with the issue of fracking.

The demands came one day after the provincial government announced it is commissioning an independent external review of the controversial method to extract oil and gas from underground rock.

In November, the province announced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and that the Department of Natural Resources would be doing an internal review of the process also known as fracking.

Opposition Leader Dwight Ball wants to know what the findings of that internal review were.

“The people of the province should not have to wait another day to get the results,” the Liberal leader said in a press release Tuesday.

He added the information in the internal review could be a valuable tool for the public consultation component of the new review about to begin.

George Murphy, the NDP’s environment critic, has been calling for the review announced on short notice by Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley in Stephenville Monday afternoon. Murphy wants more details on the three- to five-member panel government plans to appoint to conduct the independent review.

With no indication yet about who will sit on the panel or what their terms of reference will be, Murphy said Monday’s announcement was nothing more than an election promise.

“I’m hoping that the review government announced yesterday will turn out to be what is needed, but I am not relaxing yet,” Murphy stated in his own press release issued Tuesday.

Organizations: New Democratic Party, Department of Natural Resources

Geographic location: Stephenville

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