NOFRAC submits science update to Standing Committee on Natural Resources

On April 23, NOFRAC presented the Standing Committee on Natural Resources with a summary of studies relating to unconventional natural gas development published since the Wheeler Report. The summary overview concludes “The studies provide no grounds for re-opening the public debate, let alone lifting or weakening a moratorium.”
Full document at 2019-04-23 Natural Resources Standing Committee Handout

This handout provides the reader with highlights of some of the studies published since the Wheeler Panel considered hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia.
“Hydraulic fracturing is part of a larger process of extracting, processing and transporting natural
gas. Taken together, it is referred to as unconventional natural gas development (UNGD). UNGD sites include well pads, where the hydraulic fracturing occurs, compressor stations, metering stations, and processing plants, all of which release emissions.”i
The studies provide no grounds for re-opening the public debate, let alone lifting or weakening a
moratorium. The evidence continues to point to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions,
air and water pollution, and adverse health effects especially in fetuses and infants.
But at the same time, there is enormous amount of missing information. Much of this attributable
to a petro-chemical industrial complex that has been permitted to engage in UNGD using a
multitude of chemicals for which there has never been proper analysis of potential risks; and to do so without ever having to establish baseline conditions. Even with this lack of certainty, there is abundant research indicating that fracking is not worth the risk.
There is no reasonable basis for re-visting the existing legislative moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

Very truly yours,
Mark Tipperman

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