On Point | Government puts hold on fracking
The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced last week that it would be putting a hold on any applications for hydraulic fracturing in the province until it's confident there has been enough information gathered to ensure safety.
Officials with Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador say they're pleased with government's decision, especially since one proposal for fracking was so close to Gros Morne National Park.
Carol-Ann Gilliard, with Hospitality NL, said the park is one of the province's biggest tourism destinations, so they were wary of any plan that could put Gros Morne's UNESCO status in jeopardy.
"It is the iconic heritage national site that we have in the province, so the project proposing to have sites in Gros Morne National Park really sent up a lot of flags for us," Gilliard said.
Sheri Somerville, with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said the group is confident that studies will prove fracking can be safely done in the province.
Somerville said these kinds of concerns are common when it comes to fracking, and getting out and educating the public on the procedure is key to helping people become more comfortable and knowledgeable about the process.
"We've done it in other jurisdictions. If you look at Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan, there's been more than 175,000 wells that have been hydraulically fractured safely over the last 60 years," Somerville said.
Gilliard and Somerville were guests on the first half of On Point.
Andrew Parsons, Gerry Rogers and Sandy Collins were featured on the second half of the show to talk about the opening of the house of assembly with guest host Peter Cowan.
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