K’JIPUKTUK (Halifax) — The panel reviewing hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia has completed its community information sessions across the province. Dr. Wheeler has been clear that much is still unknown about the risks and benefits to Nova Scotians.
During this review, the Native Council of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association have announced their official opposition to fracking.
• All three political parties have stated that the existing moratorium will remain until fracking is proven to be safe;
• The panel has not proven that there is common understanding of the full extent of risks associated with fracking;
• The panel has not proven that fracking can be done safely at this point in time; and that
• Members of the aboriginal community have indicated that they do not give their consent for hydraulic fracturing.
We, the undersigned organizations, call for a legislated moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia for at least ten years.
We also recognize Indigenous title rights as upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada, and that a moratorium on fracking must remain in place until the Mi’kmaq community gives its consent.
If your organization would like to endorse this statement, contact:
Jennifer West, Geoscience Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
442-5046, 471-3301 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org