MHA petitions for fracking regulations

Ashley Fitzpatrick
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Liberal Jim Bennett questions government’s commitment to review

The provincial government’s decision to install an indefinite-term moratorium on onshore oil and gas projects using hydraulic fracturing is not sitting well with Liberal MHA Jim Bennett.

“I think the moratorium is really a convenient fiction for the government to do nothing,” he told The Telegram Tuesday.

The MHA for St. Barbe presented a petition in the House of Assembly the day before, saying fracking “could be an accepted and ef-fective method of petroleum discovery and exploration, and is compatible with the protection of the natural environment and water sources when executed within the context of a comprehensive regulatory framework.”

He said the development of an oil industry in Western Newfoundland could help what he described as an economically challenged area.

Bennett wants detailed regulations for fracking, with both a go or no-go decision still on the table.



Geographic location: Western, Newfoundland

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  • Charles
    November 27, 2013 - 18:10

    Jim, are you saying the liberals would trade of people health for a few jobs? That what it sound like. Please take the time, and read Bill 29.

  • Charles
    November 27, 2013 - 18:04

    Jim, are you saying the liberals would trade of people health for a few jobs? That what it sound like.

  • Scott
    November 27, 2013 - 17:31

    Mr Bennett, I think back in June of this year, Man by the name of Charles Murphy said there would be no fracking would take place in our province, and we all know what happen to him, the liberal said no to him. Because the provincial liberals today wouldn't have anything to talk about. Same go for muskrat falls. out of the five who came forward concerning the liberal leadership, and the only one who had common since , and understood the issue of the province was that man.

  • Joe Wiseman
    November 27, 2013 - 09:33

    The taste of my water when you've done your dirty deed Is Bob Dylan bitter It's poisoning the planet Corrupting our leaders Stealin' our children's future

  • Frack the Tory's
    November 27, 2013 - 08:26

    This Fracking business came along to quick for this government. The only way the Tory's will allow fracking is when they can come up with some kind of scheme, hidden by bill 29 of course, to put the taxpayers on the hook for it. Its a trend.