Anti-fracking groups push for external process review
Groups opposed to hydraulic fracking on Newfoundland's west coast rallied together in Corner Brook on Thursday to express environmental and health concerns about the controversial process.
Representatives from 20 groups got together amid concern fracking has fallen off the provincial government's radar.
This stems from a recent report commissioned by Environment Canada that showed fracking's effect on water isn't properly monitored, raising concern over a lack of data.
"It's like we are poised on the edge of something and before we go any further, it's time to slow down and take stock and make sure we are having this very careful review, very careful assessment, that is science-based," said Marceau.
Gros Morne's UNESCO designation could be stripped if the park isn't protected.
The province put a fracking moratorium in place in November, promising a full review of the geological impact on western Newfoundland.
However, the review has yet to be conducted.
Wayne Hounsell, with the Bay St. George Fracking Awareness Group, said fracking should get the same review treatment as other major issues in the province.
"They've [the government] done a review of the power outages, they are doing a review on Bill 29, and now we want nothing less," said Hounsell.
Organizers with the groups are now hoping to get government to commit to an external independent review of the fracking process.