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  • Karen
    March 06, 2013 - 17:06

    Hi, I just wanted to clarify a couple of things. Before the province goes to the expense of setting up its own regulatory framework specifically for shale development, it's best to know if you're even going to have a resource worth developing. During that exploration phase, it makes sense to rely on AB and BC regulations and best practices - they both have great track-records in safe shale development. Further, you already do have an oil and gas regulator who will oversee the process. Stating that companies don't need any approvals is simply false. Also, the article mentions fracfocus as being voluntary in the USA. Here in Canada, the Alberta, British Columbia and New Brunswick regulators all require companies to publicly disclose the chemicals they use. BC and now AB publish the information on fracfocus.ca. I'm not sure if NB will create their own site or use fracfocus too. Responsible shale development is already occuring in Western Canada, bringing jobs and revenues that we need to support our schools, hospitals and social programs. Newfoundland has proven it can safely develop offshore oil resources, it can certainly do the same with shale oil. Karen Shale Resource Centre Canada

  • Tony
    March 05, 2013 - 18:43

    So Jeff...what "catastrophes" exactly have happened in The US? Details, places, EPA studies etc. Please don't cite the following as "evidence". Without appropriate reference to opposing literature or opinions (because that is how science works eh) Ingraffea and Howarth Bamaberger and Oswald Gasland Yoko Ono Incomplete or preliminary reports Also please don't link to newspaper articles with sensationalist headlines. Really, as a scientist, anecdotes or unscientific studies using agenda driven assumptions just don't do it for me.

  • Juanita
    March 05, 2013 - 13:43

    "In a national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry, Frac Focus (fracfocus.org), companies active in the United States now list the composition of their hydraulic fracturing fluid, Pearson said." And what he doesn't tell you, of course, is that this is just a voluntary listing. It's not something that they are required to do by law. Therefore, there are no guarantees that all of the ingredients are actually listed. The damage that these chemicals do if they get into the water supply via artesian wells is irreversible; all it takes is one well not properly cased. Much too dangerous.

  • Industry "Facts" may be fiction
    March 05, 2013 - 09:43

    There are no regulations for this activity in NL. It has never been done in the complex geology of Western Newfoundland. The Provincial Government, as the regulator, does not have any information available to the public on this issue. We are not ready.

  • Jeff
    March 05, 2013 - 08:27

    "...can defend against a wave of negative public opinion by providing the public with as much factual information on their drilling and production work as possible before they begin their work." Ok, but can you guarantee that Newfoundland will experience none of the catastrophes that have occurred in the USA. It is one thing to show us what you are going to do, but it is quite another to be able to guarantee that our water resources and environment will remain intact for future generations in that area.