Fracking is giving the west coast of Newfoundland a chance at an oil industry and the revival of a moribund economy.
However, a vocal subset is determined that the prosperity of the oil industry should be confined to the Avalon Peninsula and ever prosperous St. John’s.
Using the spectre of pollution from drilling materials, these dilettantes mobilize others who will never be part of the workforce and campaign to make sure prosperity does not intrude on their idyllic parkland vision of the province.
Applying their antiseptic standards, the now historic industrial base of the Stephenville area would never have been built: no Ernest Harmon Airfield, no Abitibi paper mill, no Dosco quarry in Aguathuna.
Industrial renewal has to move beyond reactionary squeamishness.