What a difference a year can make. At the end of 2012, very few politicians wanted to hear the word “fracking,” an abbreviated form of hydraulic fracturing.
In year-end stories for 2013 with politicians on two levels of government, politicians actually wanted to talk about it and make it known that it’s an issue that will continue to be discussed in the year 2014.
One of those was Joan Shea, provincial minister of Environment and Conservation, who said she already met with the Port au Port/Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group and she plans to bring in Derrick Dalley, minister of Natural Resources, to soon have another meeting with the awareness group.
The group is looking for an independent review of hydraulic fracturing, while government has been advocating an internal review. However, it will be interesting to see how this develops as the year progresses and more meetings take place.
Judy Foote, MP for the federal riding of Random-Burin-St. George’s, was quick to point out she also met with the awareness group and actually went to Shoal Point to see the area where a company had expressed interest in doing hydraulic fracturing.
She plans on presenting petitions collected locally to the House of Commons.
George Murphy, a MHA with the New Democratic Party, will be guest speaker at an anti-fracking meeting in Stephenville in late January being hosted at the United Church.
By people speaking up, things happen and while there is a pause placed on fracking by the provincial government, the practice has certainly raised eyebrows.
The provincial gpvernment is thinking twice about what it will do in relation to this controversial practice.
A year ago there was little talk about the practice and now it appears that in 2014 it will continue to be a big issue. It’s an issue that concerned people will put the pressure on both levels of government to possibly have banned, or at the least severely regulated. What government does, as a result, is anyone’s guess.