I am writing regarding Shoal Point Energy’s submission of an amendment to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) to alter their oil well activity on the Port au Port Peninsula in western Newfoundland.
The amendment is for approval to drill a second well and for permission to start hydraulic fracturing activities in April 2013.
The changes in the scope of Shoal Point Energy’s planned extractions with the introduction of hydraulic fracturing through the process of an amendment are not adequate. It also concerns me that there is the potential for this to proceed through an amendment to a previous and alternative production licence without the benefit of a complete environmental assessment.
The C-NLOPB must make a very important decision soon (February/ March 2013) to allow or not to allow the technology of hydraulic fracturing in our province, and there must be time to develop adequate regulations and to allow public debate.