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N.L. government announces independent review of fracking

Natural Resources Minister said information gathered through internal review isn't enough to make final decision about fracking



ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Newfoundland and Labrador is launching an external review into hydraulic fracturing after the results of an internal government analysis came back inconclusive.

Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley says the information gathered through the internal review isn’t enough to make a final decision about fracking in the province.

Dalley says an independent panel of experts will now be tasked with examining the issue, specifically the industry’s potential impact in western Newfoundland.

He says the panel will be charged with sharing information and receiving input from the public.

Fracking blasts pressurized water and chemicals into underlying rocks to release trapped natural gas and oil.

Last November, the province said it wouldn’t accept any applications for fracking, effectively imposing a temporary ban on the industry.

In May 2014, a network of labour unions, anglers, aboriginals, conservation groups, the tourism industry and citizens groups called for an independent review because of concerns raised by recent reports about the impact of fracking.

Last month, an expert called for a moratorium on fracking in Nova Scotia until more studies are done.

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