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.