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NEWS: Public hearings on Inverness County bylaw against fracking underway

CBC reports, “Inverness County is considering banning fracking after an oil-and-gas company announced plans to drill exploratory wells near Lake Ainslie. …(The municipality is) holding public hearings on the bylaw. …The bylaw has passed its first reading. Inverness County Council says it wants to hear from people on both sides of the issue before it goes any further.”

In mid-December, the Guardian reported on an anti-fracking strategy meeting in Charlottetown that included activists from Inverness County. The newspaper noted, “Inverness County was the first Nova Scotia community to call for a ban on fracking in the province. The municipality also has a bylaw prohibiting fracking in its area now entering its second reading. Anne Levesque, of the Inverness County chapter of the Council of Canadians, described how a small grassroots movement of citizens in Lake Ainslie sharing information has fought off PetroWorth from fracking in the area. …Other individuals from Inverness County who spoke at the meeting Monday included residents Johanna Padelt, David Martin and Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional organizer for the Council of Canadians.”

In her blog about that strategy meeting, Giles wrote, “Anne Levesque, Johanna Padelt, and David Martin were invited over from Inverness County (they are all members of the Council of Canadians chapter there, and Anne is also a member of our national board) by the organizing committee from Inverness to share their experiences with Petroworth in the Lake Ainslie area, and also with the bylaw they have been working on with their local municipal council.”

Today’s news report highlights, “Public hearings (on the bylaw) are scheduled for Monday afternoon in St. Joseph du Moine, Monday evening in Inverness and Tuesday evening in Port Hastings.”

The CBC news article is at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/01/21/ns-fracking-ban.html. The campaign blogs are at http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18470 and http://canadians.org/blog/?p=18462.