Crosbie should leave the science to David Suzuki

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John Crosbie is not a geologist and obviously knows nothing about the geology of this province’s west coast.

Fracking would be a highly dangerous activity here because of the already naturally fracked shale and its relatively shallow depth — far different from the shale in the Western provinces.

The statement that there has been no water contamination from fracking is false. There are many, many examples of polluted drinking water, just none that have gone through the extremely lengthy process of investigation that would compel the oil companies and governments to admit that fracking has ruined the water. They take a legal attitude: innocent until proven guilty.

Provincial government regulations around contaminated waste water are a joke. Even if there were adequate regulations, the province does not have the wherewithal to monitor and enforce them. People who have worked on every oil well drilled on the West Coast have stated that they have never seen a government representative of any kind at a drill site.

When it comes to the environment, I will listen to David Suzuki rather than John Crosbie. Suzuki’s television program on fracking is an eye-opener that Crosbie should watch.

What we need is a moratorium on fracking until all the environmental questions have been answered, not by the oil companies but by independent scientists. Newfoundland could join Nova Scotia’s current study if the government does not want to start its own.

Donald Gale

Stephenville

Geographic location: West Coast, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia

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  • Tim Jamison
    October 17, 2013 - 15:25

    David also thinks anyone who disagrees with him should be imprisoned. That makes him a fascist, by definition

  • Tim Jamison
    October 17, 2013 - 15:11

    Suzuki outed himself as a fraud. Go on YouTube, watch his disgraceful performance on the Australian Broadcasting Corp. town hall, and see for yourself. He knows nothing. He attacks personnally anyone that disagrees with him. The interviewer got Suzuki to admit that he knows nothing about GMO foods or fracking or climatology. He's a fraud and a hypocrite. He talks lots of smack about reducing CO2, and he has four houses and he jets around everywhere constantly. I wouldn't leave the cooking of my Supper to David, let alone my interpretation of science.

  • Wild Rose
    October 15, 2013 - 12:37

    Suzuky is an idiot.

  • Cashin Delaney
    October 12, 2013 - 16:05

    "The fact is, all governments want to do all they can to improve things for the people they govern so that they will continue to have their support and encouragement." The above sentence quoted from John Crosbie's last column indicates that we do need independent scientists and policy analysts to steer the hopeful, misguided good intentions of government. So he plugged for shale oil. What odds, he's not Neil Young you know, no matter what conclusions you draw from old photos from the 1970s. If we have pollution, that just means more charity balls to raise money for sunlight soap to scrub Bull birds. Get your Mink fur Bowtie made up Sir. Be prepared to save the day from St. john's.

  • roy
    October 12, 2013 - 06:48

    I agree that we have to do our best to make sure Fracking is as safe as possible. But we have to realise that very little is 100% safe. There people who will not be convinced that anything they take an interest in is safe and these people are a noisy minority. Fish Farming isn't safe, when we want to build roads we are destroying the environment, the natural habitat. The chemicals we use to grow food to feed the world population isn't safe. The food we eat isn't safe the vehicles we drive causes air pollution, the oil and wood we burn causes green house gas. The manure from or dairy and beef farms causes green house gas. David Suzuki has made a living pushing environmental problems down our throats. He would have us go around in horse and buggy then write about the problem of horse manure.