Fracking report recommends continued ‘pause’ for now

Published on May 31, 2016
Ray Gosine, chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel, speaks during the public consultation Tuesday in Rocky Harbour.

The provincial government’s independent fracking review panel has effectively kicked the can down the road, saying that for the time being, at least, there should be a continued “pause” on hydraulic fracturing oil drilling.

“Public confidence and trust must be treated as a priority by government and industry. Government must gain and maintain public confidence as it considers whether it will move forward from the current ‘pause’ in accepting applications involving hydraulic fracturing in Western Newfoundland,” the report said.