Fracking moratorium sought by P.E.I. group
A group seeking a moratorium on fracking for natural gas on P.E.I. says the province needs to move its policy in line with other provinces in Atlantic Canada.
Fracking involves blasting water, sand and chemicals deep into the ground to fracture rock and release oil or natural gas.
This week the government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced it won't allow fracking until it's satisfied the process is safe for people and the environment. Nova Scotia has also put off fracking until a study on the impacts is released next year.
Andrew Lush of the group Don't Frack PEI said while there are no current exploration permits for P.E.I, there has been fracking here in the past, and P.E.I. is the only Atlantic province without a specific policy on the issue.
"What we're doing here on P.E.I. is we're asking the government to similarly put a moratorium on fracking," said Lush.
"Take a step back, rather than the position right now, which is if a company comes into P.E.I. and wants to buy exploratory leases, they're available right now. We just want to make sure we're in line with these other provinces."
Lush noted with the announcement from Newfoundland this week, all three of the other Atlantic provinces are now studying the effects of fracking. His group is urging P.E.I. to do the same.