Today, Nova Scotia’s Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced that his government will introduce legislation for a moratorium on fracking in the upcoming legislative session (see announcement here).
“This is a huge victory for citizens. The government has heard our call for real evidence of safety before proceeding with dangerous activities, like fracking,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald, Campaigns Director fro Sierra Club Canada Foundations’ Atlantic Canada Chapter.
In his announcement, Minister Younger stated that "Nova Scotians have overwhelmingly expressed concern about high volume hydraulic fracturing." He also noted he had spoken with Mi’kmaq Chiefs Terrance Paul, Paul Prsper, and Sidney Peters, who also oppose fracking.
“We await details on the wording of the legislation, and will be following up to make sure it truly protects our air, water, and communities,” continued Ms. Fitzgerald, “But this is a truly wonderful day.”
“I want to thank Sierra Club members and supporters, and the thousands of citizens who heard our action alert, educated themselves on this issue and made this decision happen,” stated John Bennett, National Programs Director of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. “I hope other jurisdictions in this country will learn from Nova Scotia’s experience, and take measures to protect their citizens from fracking.”
For more information contact:
Sierra Club Canada Foundation - Atlantic Canada Chapter
1649 Barrington St., 2nd Floor (The Hub)
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 1Z9
Tel: 902-444-3113 -or- 902-444-7096 (mobile)