Council of Canadians organizer Angela Giles presents to the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel, October 2015.
A government-appointed panel has recommended that a "pause" on fracking in Newfoundland and Labrador should remain in effect until further study is done.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel has just released an almost 200-page report that says, "There is a limited understanding of the geology and its implications for unconventional oil and gas development." The report also notes, "[Fracking] cannot be considered a 'game changer' with respect to the fiscal position of Newfoundland and Labrador." And the report adds, “There are a number of gaps and deficiencies that are significant. These must be addressed before we feel that conditions could reasonably exist that would allow hydraulic fracturing operations to proceed responsibly.”