Nova Scotia Extends its Review of Hydraulic Fracturing to 2014
Nova Scotia issued a statement earlier this week announcing that it will extend its review of hydraulic fracturing to mid-2014 in order to give the province more time to study the process. Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau stated, "It is important we have the appropriate rules in place around this activity to protect the environment." Energy Minister Charlie Parker stated that the province "will take time to learn from jurisdictions with significantly more experience in this area than Nova Scotia." The province's statement indicates that no hydraulic fracturing operations will be approved during the review process, but that traditional oil and gas operations will continue.
The province also has an information page on its website regarding hydraulic fracturing.