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

On August 28, 2014, Dr. David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University, submitted the final report of the 11 person 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 one year. The process involved interactions with more than 1200 stakeholders in public meetings and more than 200 individuals and organisations who submitted evidence to the review and responded to discussion papers.  Coverage of the 387 page report has been very positive.  A link to the full report together with TV, radio and editorial reactions to the review are provided below.  The Government is expected to respond to the report before the end of September.

Link to Report of the Nova Scotia Independent Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing:

http://energy.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/Report%20of%20the%20Nova%20Scotia%20Independent%20Panel%20on%20Hydraulic%20Fracturing.pdf

TV and Radio Coverage:

Main item in the CBC TV evening news:
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/ID/2500289846/

Studio ‘newsmaker’ interview with Tom Murphy for CBC TV
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/NS/ID/2500953303/

Interview with Don Connolly on CBC Information Morning Halifax:
http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningns/2014/08/29/nova-scotia-not-yet-ready-for-fracking-says-final-report/

Interview with Steve Sutherland on CBC Information Morning Cape Breton:
http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningcb/2014/08/29/final-fracking-report/

Interview with Jacques Poitras on CBC Information Morning Fredericton:
http://www.cbc.ca/informationmorningfredericton/2014/09/02/fracking-in-ns/

Immediate Commentary:

Editorials in the Chronicle Herald:
http://thechronicleherald.ca/editorials/1232598-editorial-don-t-shut-door-on-fracking-in-nova-scotia
http://thechronicleherald.ca/editorials/1232957-editorial-consent-sharing-crucial-on-fracking-file

Commentary from former Finance Minister Graham Steele:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/wheeler-s-fracking-report-is-good-news-for-liberals-1.2750220

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

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1232522-report-nova-scotia-not-ready-for-fracking

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/n-s-fracking-moratorium-should-continue-panel-recommends-1.2749380

http://www.novanewsnow.com/News/Local/2014-08-28/article-3851036/Provincial-review%3A-press-pause-on-fracking-in-Nova-Scotia/1

http://www.hantsjournal.ca/News/Local/2014-08-28/article-3851036/Provincial-review%3A-press-pause-on-fracking-in-Nova-Scotia/1

http://www.capebretonpost.com/section/2014-08-28/article-3851335/Wheeler-report-recommends-continued-fracking-moratorium/1

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

http://www.dailybusinessbuzz.ca/Provincial-News/2014-08-28/article-3851020/NS%3A-Decision-on-fracking-in-Nova-Scotia-could-come-before-end-of-September/1

http://www.680news.com/2014/08/28/nova-scotia-energy-minister-hopes-to-make-decision-on-fracking-within-month/

http://www.calgaryherald.com/business/Nova+Scotia+energy+minister+hopes+make+decision+fracking/10157123/story.html

Environmental response: EAC ‘praises report’ and sees it as 'really encouraging'; Fracking Awareness Group ‘welcomes report’

http://www.dailybusinessbuzz.ca/Provincial-News/2014-08-29/article-3852101/NS%3A-Ecology-Action-Centre-calls-fracking-report-by-Wheeler-really-encouraging/1

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/ecology-action-centre-praises-new-report-wants-10-more-years-of-fracking-research-1.1982364

http://www.thetelegram.com/News/Regional/2014-09-02/article-3854570/Fracking-awareness-group-welcomes-Wheeler-Report/1

http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2014-09-02/article-3854511/Fracking-awareness-group-welcomes-Wheeler-Report/1