09/13/2013 06:06 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST

Newfoundland Fracking: Premier Says New Rules Not Needed


ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Premier Kathy Dunderdale says the Newfoundland and Labrador government has no plans to introduce specific rules to regulate hydraulic fracturing.

Dunderdale says the province already has a strict environmental assessment process that allows for scientific study and public input.

The Conservative premier was responding to calls for legislation to specifically deal with fracking prior to the approval of potential projects.

The premier says there's no guarantee that fracking will actually take place in the province.

Fracking involves the use of chemicals and water injected into well bores at high pressure to fracture surrounding rock and release oil and natural gas.


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