Shale gas public hearings
The government has decided to hold public hearings on shale gas mining in Quebec.
This type of mining uses water, sand and chemicals to extract natural gas from shale deposits.
Leaders in the pulp and paper, metal and other big industries in Quebec are eager to see this type of energy exploited.
But the farming industry, environmental groups and some municipalities are concerned about the environmental consequences of shale mining in Quebec.
We spoke with provincial Environment Minister Pierre Arcand.