Nova Scotia to ban big fracking

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is banning high volume fracking on land. Its Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced last week the government is putting forward legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia is banning high volume fracking on land.

Its Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced last week the government is putting forward legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing this autumn.

Mr Younger said: “Nova Scotians have overwhelmingly expressed concern about allowing high volume hydraulic fracturing to be a part of onshore shale development in this province at this time.

“Our petroleum resources belong to Nova Scotians and we must honour the trust people have put in us to understand their concerns.”

Other onshore oil and gas projects which don’t use the fracking technique and drilling off the coast will continue to be allowed.

Mr Younger added: “Coal gas methane projects, such as the current well-supported project in Stellarton and developing our offshore resources remain key priorities of government.”