Amidst the Federal election and many other important issues cropping up in the news these days, the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel (NLHFRP, or the review panel) is hosting their long-awaited public consultations next week in four communities along the West Coast of Newfoundland.
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador established a temporary fracking moratorium in November 2013, and since established an independent review panel to make a recommendation to the NL Minister of Natural Resources as to whether the moratorium should be lifted or remain in place and be legislated. The public were invited to make submissions to the panel over the spring and summer, and the next phase is the public consultations / meetings. The review panel anticipates completing its’ work by 01Feb2016.
The public consultations are being held in four communities along the West Coast of Newfoundland, which is the area Black Spruce / Shoal Point Energy was considering fracking for shale oil in an onshore-to-offshore project.