Mulgrave will ask province to end fracking ban

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Following the recent move by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough to ask the provincial government to end a ban on fracking and allow a pilot project in Nova Scotia, the Town of Mulgrave followed suit at its monthly meeting Monday evening, Feb. 5.

Mulgrave council discussed MODG’s request that other Strait Area municipalities also convey this message to the premier and MLAs. The town council decided to do so, in light of the recent release of the Nova Scotia Onshore Petroleum Atlas Project, which outlined the economic potential for onshore hydrocarbon development.

Mulgrave’s motion urges the Province to create regulations and legislation to remove the ban and design a program with strict guidelines and parameters for a pilot project to determine whether this resource can be “safely developed for the benefit of all Nova Scotians,” Mulgrave’s COA, Jim Davis, told The Journal Tuesday.

Fracking has proven to be a divisive issue in Nova Scotia between those concerned over safety and environmental protection, and others wanting the province to pursue the economic opportunities of additional resource development. MODG’s call for an end to the ban has garnered criticism on social media and in the letters section of this paper.

The debate was re-ignited with the recent release of the Atlas Project report, but Premier Stephen MacNeil has said his government does not intend to lift the ban.

Fracking would not take place in Guysborough County even if the ban was lifted in the future, as this area does not have onshore shale gas resources.