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Your Say: Thoughts on fracking

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We asked people attending the Energy West Symposium in Corner Brook about their opinions on hydraulic fracturing in Newfoundland, what role the province should play with fracking and what regulations should be in place.

Hind Eloukkal, Women in Resource Development Corporation

I don’t have enough information to actually make up a personal opinion; I’m waiting for good research to make me think one way or the other. The province needs to provide information and make a decision that’s good for the people.

Matt Connelly, A1 Safety Training

If the organization is going to do it safely, within the regulations, within the law, it can be done correctly and it can be done safely. The province needs to play the highest possible role. We need to encourage organizations to come here to get our product out of the ground. But the province needs to make sure that regulations are met, permits are in place, proper training is in place, and faulty equipment is not allowed here. We need to protect our environment. I’m an Aboriginal and I want to go see what’s out there, I want my grandkids to come see what’s out there. We need to protect our environment, but it doesn’t mean we don’t need industry.

Heather Spicer, Third year environmental science major- MUN Grenfell Campus

I do support it, if it’s done properly and it’s managed well. I think the province should look at all of its options, and not go to fracking first, but if fracking is a reasonable way to get the resource, then by all means. There definitely needs to be a good environmental assessment done of the effects, and a good all around team to manage the project.

Shawn Monahan, XXcel Design & Infrared Ltd.

I only support fracking if it’s done safely. The province should permit it, but have cautious oversight. It must be done safely, without endangering population or wildlife.

Marli Vermooten, Third year environmental chemistry student-MUN Grenfell Campus

I don’t think I know enough to know whether it should be allowed or not. I think the province should first look at the environment impacts it would have before they decided to do it or not. If fracking is allowed, it should only be allowed in certain areas; not in environmentally protected areas or places like that

Murray Purchase, Independent specialist in remote control systems for the offshore oil industry

I think there are a lot of misconceptions on how it could be handled. I think there’s a lot of scare mongering going on with fracking, and I think if the right companies were involved it can be done in a control processed. I think people need to get the real facts before they make a decision, especially given the economics of western Newfoundland, and I believe people are misinformed.

Hind Eloukkal, Women in Resource Development Corporation

I don’t have enough information to actually make up a personal opinion; I’m waiting for good research to make me think one way or the other. The province needs to provide information and make a decision that’s good for the people.

Matt Connelly, A1 Safety Training

If the organization is going to do it safely, within the regulations, within the law, it can be done correctly and it can be done safely. The province needs to play the highest possible role. We need to encourage organizations to come here to get our product out of the ground. But the province needs to make sure that regulations are met, permits are in place, proper training is in place, and faulty equipment is not allowed here. We need to protect our environment. I’m an Aboriginal and I want to go see what’s out there, I want my grandkids to come see what’s out there. We need to protect our environment, but it doesn’t mean we don’t need industry.

Heather Spicer, Third year environmental science major- MUN Grenfell Campus

I do support it, if it’s done properly and it’s managed well. I think the province should look at all of its options, and not go to fracking first, but if fracking is a reasonable way to get the resource, then by all means. There definitely needs to be a good environmental assessment done of the effects, and a good all around team to manage the project.

Shawn Monahan, XXcel Design & Infrared Ltd.

I only support fracking if it’s done safely. The province should permit it, but have cautious oversight. It must be done safely, without endangering population or wildlife.

Marli Vermooten, Third year environmental chemistry student-MUN Grenfell Campus

I don’t think I know enough to know whether it should be allowed or not. I think the province should first look at the environment impacts it would have before they decided to do it or not. If fracking is allowed, it should only be allowed in certain areas; not in environmentally protected areas or places like that

Murray Purchase, Independent specialist in remote control systems for the offshore oil industry

I think there are a lot of misconceptions on how it could be handled. I think there’s a lot of scare mongering going on with fracking, and I think if the right companies were involved it can be done in a control processed. I think people need to get the real facts before they make a decision, especially given the economics of western Newfoundland, and I believe people are misinformed.

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