Nova Scotia will introduce legislation to prohibit high-volume fracking this fall, Energy Minister Andrew Younger said Wednesday.
The decision follows an independent panel review that recommended the government proceed slowly. Younger said the ban is not permanent, but would not say how long it will last.
Younger said the public have "overwhelmingly expressed concern" about allowing fracking.
David Wheeler, president of Cape Breton University, headed up a panel that spent six months examining the contentious issue.
The independent panel recommended that hydraulic fracturing not be allowed in Nova Scotia until there is more research and a way is found to give local communities a say in the process.
The panel's three key recommendations are as follows:
- Hydraulic fracturing should not proceed at the present time in Nova Scotia.
- Independent research is needed to measure health, environment and economic impacts.
- Nova Scotia should design and recognize a test for "community permission," with regards to hydraulic fracturing.
The report estimates that in a "lower to medium case" scenario — where 4,000 wells are drilled over a 40 year period — hydraulic fracturing could result in $1-billion in annual investment generating between 750 and 1,500 direct jobs.
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