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NEWS: Legal challenge launched to stop oil drilling near Lake Ainslie

CBC reports, “An Inverness County environmental group is appealing a recently granted oil and gas exploration permit in the area. …The Margaree Environmental Association is asking the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to quash the permit. …The (provincial) environment minister (now) has 60 days to respond to the appeal.”

“Toronto-based PetroWorth Resources Inc. has been granted provincial approval to drill a test well on a property in West Lake Ainslie.” Lake Ainslie is the largest freshwater lake in Nova Scotia.

“Lori Errington, spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment, …said PetroWorth can proceed before an appeal is heard.” The drilling is scheduled to start as soon as this Sunday. Margaree Environmental Association lawyer Neal Livingston says the group will file for an injunction if the drilling begins before the appeal process is completed.

The Council of Canadians Inverness County chapter has also been working to stop the oil drilling and is raising concerns that fracking by Lake Ainslie may be next.