Nfld. & Labrador

Earle McCurdy calls for ban on fracking

Newfoundland and Labrador NDP Leader Earle McCurdy called for a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing during a news conference in Corner Brook Friday.
NDP Leader Earle McCurdy says recent research on hydraulic fracturing has proven the process to be harmful and difficult to control. (CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador NDP Leader Earle McCurdy called for a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing during a news conference in Corner Brook Friday.

McCurdy, whose party demanded a moratorium on fracking throughout the province two years ago, said research on fracking shows it is "even more hazardous and harder to control than people thought."

Moreover, McCurdy calls the promise of local jobs from fracking operations misleading.

Fracking is the process of injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure deep underground to break rock and free gas.

McCurdy said the NDP called for a moratorium on the process until it was proven to be a safe and properly regulated practice.

However, McCurdy said studies from health professionals in New York State show fracking is too harmful to the province.

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