Scope of Hydraulic Fracturing Review Available for Public Comment

Energy/Environment

April 20, 2011 2:37 PM

People across the province are invited to provide their views on hydraulic fracturing.

Energy Minister Charlie Parker and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced today, April 20, that Nova Scotians can provide written comments on the scope proposed for a provincewide review.

"Government is undertaking a comprehensive technical and policy review of hydraulic fracturing that will examine the environmental impacts of this technique and identify how these issues are managed in other jurisdictions," said Mr. Parker. "We encourage Nova Scotians to participate in this review by providing written comments on its scope."

The province announced April 4, that a team of senior technical and policy staff will review potential environmental issues associated with hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to free natural gas trapped in shale formations. They will also draw on external expertise as required.

"Nova Scotians want to know that our water is safe and our environment is protected," said Mr. Belliveau. "We look forward to hearing from Nova Scotians, and hope they will comment so they are reflected in the scope of the review."

The review will identify industry best practices and will include reviews of other jurisdictions across Canada and the United States.

All comments will be considered when writing the final scope. The departments will not respond to individual comments. The final review scope and public submissions will be available online.

The public can provide written comments on the topic areas to be included in the scope by e-mail at frac-review@gov.ns.ca , online at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/pollutionprevention/consultation.hydraulic.fracturing.asp or by mail to:
Hydraulic Fracturing Study
Environmental Science and Program Management Division
Nova Scotia Environment
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, N.S. B3J 2P8

The deadline for submissions is June 6. Nova Scotians will also have an opportunity to provide written comments before any regulatory changes are made.

The review is expected to be finished by early next year.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     People across the province are invited to provide their

views on hydraulic fracturing.

     Energy Minister Charlie Parker and Environment Minister

Sterling Belliveau announced today, April 20, that Nova Scotians

can provide written comments on the scope proposed for a

provincewide review.

     The province recently announced that a team of senior

technical and policy staff will identify potential environmental

issues, determine how they are managed and identify industry best

practices.

     All comments will be considered when writing the final

project scope. The final scope and submissions will be available

online.

     The public can provide written comments by email, online or

by mail.

     Visit w-w-w dot gov dot n-s dot-c-a slash n-s-e for more

information.

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Media Contacts: Tracy Barron
                Department of Energy
                902-424-1757
                E-mail: Barrontb@gov.ns.ca

                Karen White
                Department of Environment
                902-424-2575
                E-mail: whitekl@gov.ns.ca