Liberal's Bill Pushes NDP To Address Fracking Concerns
April 1, 2011
(Halifax, NS) Liberal MLA and environment and energy critic Andrew Younger will introduce legislation today that would force the NDP government to consult with Nova Scotians and develop regulations on fracking by November 15, 2011.
“The NDP is a fan of saying that they listen to Nova Scotians,”
said Younger. “For a year now, the Liberal caucus has been telling this government that fracking is a growing concern around the province and the NDP have refused to listen to citizens about it.”
Younger said that the Liberals understand the potential benefits of onshore gas development, but want the government to listen to the public and industry to develop regulations that would ensure protection of health and the environment.
“Until we understand and address the concerns of the public we cannot allow fracking to take place,” said Younger. “The government must consult with the public and industry and they must not wait.”
The Liberal legislation requires consultation with the public and industry and would have the government table their recommendations in the House of Assembly no later than November 15, 2011.
“People are concerned and industry is in the dark - this cannot continue,” said Younger. “Concerns must be heard and understood and the government cannot continue to drag its feet on this issue.”