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Council of Canadians available for comment on Newfoundland and Labrador fracking report

The long-awaited Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel (NLHFRP) report on fracking is expected to be released tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. (NT). Representatives of the Council of Canadians will be available for comment on the report, including Atlantic Regional Organizer Angela Giles and Ken Kavanagh from the St. John’s chapter of the Council of Canadians.

“Fracking poses a serious threat to human health and the environment in Newfoundland and Labrador, especially to waterways in the province,” says Giles. “New Brunswick just announced that it will extend its moratorium on fracking, and Newfoundland and Labrador should do the same. The review panel’s report won’t change the fact that there is no social licence for fracking.”

Ninety-five per cent of participants in the review process told the NLHFRP they don’t want fracking in this province.

In November 2013, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador established a temporary de facto moratorium on fracking. In the fall of 2014, the Newfoundland and Labrador government established the NLHFRP as an independent panel to review hydraulic fracturing in the province. The panel is expected to make recommendations to the Minister of Natural Resources on whether the moratorium should remain in place or be lifted. The Council of Canadians and its supporters made submissions to the NLHFRP and participated in the public consultations on the West Coast.


For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Angela Giles, 902-478-5727, agiles@canadians.org
Ken Kavanagh, 709-691-0991