Hydraulic Fracturing

Welcome to the website for the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing review. Please use the navigation panel to the left of the page to access information on the review, shared resources and other project documents.

The Nova Scotia Department of Energy commissioned the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University to conduct an independent review and public engagement process to explore the social, economic, environmental, and health implications of hydraulic fracturing practices and their associated wastewater streams.  Dr. David Wheeler, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University convened and chaired the 10 person Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing.

Verschuren Centre Submits Final Report on Hydraulic Fracturing to the Province of Nova Scotia

On August 28th Dr David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University, submitted the final report of the independent review panel on hydraulic fracturing to the Honourable Andrew Younger MLA, Minister of Energy.   The process was overseen by the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment and took exactly a year; it involved interactions with more than 1200 stakeholders in public meetings and more than 200 individuals and organizations who submitted evidence to the review and responded to discussion papers.  A link to the full report together with TV, radio and editorial reactions to the review are provided below.  The Governments response on September 3rd, is also available in a link below.

Report of the Nova Scotia Independent Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing

Government’s Response:

News Release – Government to Prohibit Hydraulic Fracturing

Video and Article on the Press Conference – The Chronicle Herald

Immediate TV and Radio Coverage:

CBC TV evening news

Studio ‘newsmaker’ interview with Tom Murphy for CBC TV

Interview with Don Connolly on CBC Information Morning Halifax

Interview with Steve Sutherland on CBC Information Morning Cape Breton

Interview with Jacques Poitras on CBC Information Morning Fredericton

Immediate Commentary:

Editorials in the Chronicle Herald:

Don’t shut door on fracking in Nova Scotia

Consent, sharing crucial on fracking file

Commentary from former Finance Minister Graham Steele

Immediate media and press reporting interpreting report as ‘not ready’, ‘press pause’ and/or calling for a continued moratorium:

REPORT: Nova Scotia not ready for fracking

CBC – N.S. fracking moratorium should continue, panel recommends

Nova News Now – Provincial review: press pause on fracking in Nova Scotia

Hants Journal – Provincial review: press pause on fracking in Nova Scotia

Cape Breton Post – Wheeler report recommends continued fracking moratorium

Immediate Government response: minister hopes to make decision on fracking within month:

The Nova Scotia Business Journal – NS: Decision on fracking in Nova Scotia could come before end of September

680 News – Nova Scotia energy minister hopes to make decision on fracking within month

Immediate Environmental response:

Nova Scotia Business Journal – NS: Ecology Action Centre calls fracking report by Wheeler ‘really encouraging’

CTV News – Ecology Action Centre praises new report, wants 10 more years of fracking research

The Telegram – Fracking awareness group welcomes Wheeler Report

The Western Star – Fracking awareness group welcomes Wheeler Report


Updates and Announcements 

Dr. David Wheeler and LearnCorp International

Hydraulic Fracturing Review – Update June 11th 

Hydraulic Fracturing Review – Update April 29th

Expert Panel Announcement – February 4th

Technical Advisory Group Announcement – December 6th

Call for Nominations for Membership to the Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing in Nova Scotia – November 13th

Public Announcement – October 30th

Province Announces Independent Hydraulic Fracturing Review – August 28th