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Consortium calls for independent review of fracking in N.L.

Concerned about plans by two firms to drill test wells on Newfoundland's west coast using hydraulic fracturing



CORNER BROOK, N.L.—A network of 18 groups concerned about the environment is urging the Newfoundland and Labrador government to commission an independent review of hydraulic fracturing in the province.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Fracking Awareness network includes labour unions, anglers, aboriginals, conservation groups, the tourism industry and citizens groups.

Spokesperson Simon Jansen says the group is worried about plans by two exploration companies to drill test wells on Newfoundland’s west coast using hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking.

The network says an independent review is needed because recent reports have raised concerns about the impact of fracking.

In particular, the network cited a report by the Council of Canadian Academies, which said there are significant health and environmental unknowns in the booming industry and suggests governments should be cautious.

The provincial government announced in November that it would not accept any applications that involved fracking until an internal review is completed.

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