Readers had lots to say about fracking, mining last week

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If it seems like fracking and mining have been dominating The Western Star’s pages lately, then you’d be right.

A pair of moose are seen crossing Main Street in Pasadena on Wednesday.

The Bay St. George/Port au Port Fracking Awareness Group held two sessions in western Newfoundland this past week, and fracking also took centre stage at a meeting of the Great Humber Joint Council. As usual, the stories generated plenty of buzz on and on our social media sites.

“The oil company Black Spruce is very willing to talk to groups like the Humber Joint Council. They only have to ask,” Peter Fenwick commented on reporter Paul Hutchings’ piece on the joint council meeting.

Others were less optimistic about the controversial oil and natural gas extraction process, and the company proposing to frack in this end of the province.

“Black Spruce Energy can tell a good story but it is far from the truth,” Alton Benoit commented on the same story.

“Whatever they say, do a little digging and you will discover the real truth.”

On Twitter, @Nibraybirk also weighed in: “Fracking would turn this beautiful place into a industrial wasteland. Not good for the tourism industry.”

Elsewhere, Thomas Resources set up a website in an attempt to provide more information to the public about its proposed mining operation near the Corner Brook watershed. The story was the most discussed on our website last week as, similar to the fracking issue, the project seems to be divisive here in the city.

“Companies say what they need to say in order to try and convince people they will do no harm to our water supply,” commented Pat M. “Can they guarantee the water will not be affected by this drilling activity? No, they cannot.”

The project did have its defenders though: “The maps posted clearly show that there project area is kms away from the protected watershed area,” commented Wendy. “Their approach outlined under the Project tab is very reasonable. I hope they are sucessful!”

As for some lighter fare, why did the two moose cross the road? Apparently they wanted to go to church. Lots of you enjoyed our Facebook photos of a pair of four-legged visitors to Pasadena.

The moose crossed Main Street and headed toward the Holy Rosary Parish.

Nearly 5,000 of you viewed the photo — nearly double the number of ‘likes’ on our page — and the picture was shared 59 times as of Friday.

Meanwhile, Corner Brook engineering student Mike Johnson was able to purchase a Toyota Four-Runner this week, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the millwright class at the College of the North Atlantic.

“About time they publish some good news,” Mary Power Williams said on Facebook.

“It makes you believe there are still people in this world that enjoy helping other people less fortunate.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Port au Port Fracking Awareness Group, Great Humber Joint Council Humber Toyota

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Corner Brook, Pasadena

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