BR NS Fracking Ban – CP

by pmnationtalk on February 9, 2018202 Views

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Feb 9, 2018 

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s premier is looking to clarify remarks made to a business audience about the province’s ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Stephen McNeil told the Halifax Chamber of Commerce earlier this week that if a community decides it will give a “social licence” to initiate fracking, the province would be “happy to join them.”

The premier appeared to be opening the door at least a crack, but he now says he meant that if any community brings forward a broad consensus on the possibility of fracking in their area, his government would look at the information.

McNeil says the government has no intention of changing its position “at this point.”

He says there are no plans for consultations, adding that it is up to communities or private companies to hold public consultations if they are interested.

N-D-P Leader Gary Burrill says the Liberals are talking out of “both sides of their mouths” and his party believes the ban should remain in place.

The McNeil government passed legislation banning fracking in 2014, but has not proclaimed it.

(The Canadian Press)


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