Fracking awareness group welcomes Wheeler Report

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Anti-fracking advocate Graham Oliver is seen in this recent file photo.

Graham Oliver said it will be difficult for the Nova Scotia government or the Newfoundland and Labrador government to proceed with fracking after reading the Wheeler Report.

In August 2013, the government of Nova Scotia commissioned an independent review of the effects of hydraulic fracturing, led by David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University.

The Nova Scotia government released the final report on Thursday and will now consider the report as part of its decision on the role of hydraulic fracturing in the development of onshore oil and gas resources.

Oliver said the Port au Port-Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group was pleased to see in the report that more study is needed, that Nova Scotia should design and recognize a test for “community permission” with regards to hydraulic fracturing and that hydraulic fracturing should not proceed at the present time in Nova Scotia.

He hopes Derrick Dalley, minister of Natural Resources, will consider the Wheeler Report when compiling its study for this province.

The provincial government already conducted an internal review on hydraulic fracturing and has called for an independent review with public consultations.

Oliver said the local fracking awareness group will be keeping an eye on the report in this province and what government’s reaction will be to the Wheeler Report in Nova Scotia.

Oliver said the Wheeler Report is quite a comprehensive document with over 370 pages and from an initial read he agrees with where it is going. He said following interviews, all chiefs of Indian bands in Nova Scotia are against fracking and would have to be consulted before any such activity takes place. Oliver believes that will put pressure on companies looking to use fracking.

“To me the report gives oil companies a sense of what they are up against if they want to use the practice of hydraulic fracturing,” Oliver said.

Oliver pointed out the report did say there was a potential for significant job creation. However, he said it is also worthy to note there has not been a significant oil/gas discovery on land in Nova Scotia. Wheeler did say there would have to be more modelling to come up with more data, Oliver said.



Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Port au Port-Bay Nova Scotia.He Nova Scotia.Oliver

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  • doug obrien
    November 13, 2014 - 23:13

    its easy for nova scotia to be negative against fracking when you have nothing to frack for. i would be curious to see what their feelings would be if nova scotia was sitting on a possible 23 billion barrels of oil( $$$$$$$)

  • For frack's sake
    September 03, 2014 - 09:52

    Jeez, I thought the anti-fracking click were stressing how important local study was because of the uniqueness of our blah blah blah. Just keep spinning anything that seems to support your POV. And what is with the one-sided pulpit piece anyway? "Oh Jesus, a report came out, better rush to get one side of the story again!"

  • Sarah
    September 02, 2014 - 22:57

    When will the environment start becoming a priority. We all know at this point that the oil and gas companies are destroying the planet. Nova Scotia should be looking into creating green energy that is renewable. Algae and seaweed are known biofuel. We got tons of that in Nova Scotia and you don't have to drill chemicals into the ground to get it!

  • Roy
    September 02, 2014 - 07:47

    This story gives the impression that the report basically says that more research is needed.

  • Charles Murphy
    September 02, 2014 - 05:37

    Can some explain to me, How can you " frack " with out " Cracking " its?, And if you crack it, that mean its ruin " True ". So why do we need to damage our " Environment "?