In the wake of the final report from the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel (NLHFRP), the Council of Canadians is calling on the government to implement a permanent, province-wide ban on the controversial extraction technique.
“The report outlines the serious gaps and deficiencies the government would need to address before even considering the possibility of fracking,” says Angela Giles, Atlantic Regional Organizer with the Council of Canadians. “Even if it were possible to meet all those conditions, the panel found that the economic payout would be minimal. Banning fracking is the logical next step.”
The NLHFRP called for a ban in and around Gros Morne UNESCO site.
“The people of Newfoundland and Labrador clearly communicated to the panel that we don't want fracking anywhere in our province,” says Ken Kavanagh of the St. John's chapter of the Council of Canadians. “It's time for our government to listen. Let's follow in the footsteps of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia by banning fracking.”
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