NS Liberals Oppose Dumping of Fracking Wastewater

17 08 2013

This just released by the NS Liberal Party.
Both about fracking wastewater and about continuing the moratorium.


• Friday, August 16, 2013

(Halifax, NS) Liberal environment critic Andrew Younger believes the importation of hydraulic fracking wastewater and integration into Nova Scotia municipal sewage treatment systems should be banned immediately.

“I, along with a number of communities in Nova Scotia, have continually expressed deep concerns about the importation and filtration of fracking wastewater in our province,” explained Younger. “But, the NDP seem to believe it is perfectly reasonable to expose the public, environment, and our drinking water to potentially hazardous substances.”

Younger is again expressing concerns over the importation of fracking wastewater into Colchester County, where the wastewater is filtered and integrated into the local municipal sewage system. The NDP have yet to release the results of water tests related to the level of contamination after the water is removed from the system.

“We do not yet know the full effects or the potential contamination of fracking wastewater,” added Younger. “The NDP refused to release the results of water tests because, as they indicated, they wanted to protect the interests of the company. This is yet another example of the NDP choosing the interests of corporations over the interests of Nova Scotians.”

“To ensure the safety of our environment and health of Nova Scotians, the NDP must reverse their position and ban the importation of fracking wastewater from other jurisdictions.”

The environment critic also says that a moratorium should continue to be imposed on the practice of hydraulic fracking to access hydrocarbons, until such a time as the practice is properly investigated and a complete and independent scientific review is completed. To date the NDP have only engaged in an internal process to review fracking’s impact.

“Until we can definitively determine that fracking will not harm our resources, our environment, or the general public in any way, the extraction procedure should be prohibited.”


– See more at: http://www.liberal.ns.ca/importation-of-fracking-wastewater-should-be-banned-younger/#sthash.foVnjK1L.dpuf


Inverness County NS Passes Anti-Fracking Bylaw

7 05 2013

[from West Coast Native News]
PORT HOOD [Cape Breton]— It’s taken two years for Inverness County to craft its anti-fracking bylaw —creating policy municipal politicians hope protects human health and the environment while reassuring the oil and gas industry the county is still open for business. On Monday the bylaw passed second and final reading in a 5-1 vote, with only deputy warden Dwayne MacDonald opposing the bylaw. The public gallery, which was packed with more than 35 residents, applauded the decision at county council’s monthly meeting in Port Hood. MacDonald said the bylaw would be unenforceable and would undermine the authority of the municipality in other areas of its jurisdiction.

“We don’t have the ability to know when somebody’s set up to start fracking,” MacDonald said just prior to the vote. “We can’t prove where and when they frack, and that makes this bylaw unenforceable. If we pass an unenforceable bylaw, we bring into question every bylaw that we have on the books. Government is only as collective as the ability to enforce the bylaws they pass. Passing bylaws that we can’t enforce says we’re an ineffectual government.”

Toronto-based energy company Petroworth Resources has plans to drill a 1,200-metre vertical exploratory well in an area on the western side of Lake Ainslie in Inverness County. The permit, approved by the province, expires July 15. Company officials have said it will not include fracking, which would require a separate permit. It was MacDonald’s fear the municipality could be viewed as anti-business, and scare away employment in the process, he said. MacDonald noted the council didn’t hear from oil industry insiders. It also didn’t invite provincial officials to speak at any of its three public meetings held on the issue, he said. … Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell has stated the bylaw would be a “moot point” since the province isn’t issuing permits allowing fracking.

The provincial government is conducting a technical and policy review of the practice with a decision on whether the province would change its fracking policy expected once the review is complete next year. Inverness County Warden Duart MacAulay said he doesn’t dispute the province’s jurisdiction over mineral rights. The bylaw is about the municipality’s right to protect the health of its residents and the surrounding environment, he said. MacAulay said the bylaw has received widespread support from the community.

“I know the province has some problems with it but we feel that we can defend what’s written in the bylaw,” he said. “I think if someone takes their time, looks at the bylaw they will see why we’re not allowing fracking to happen in the county. …We’re also looking at the health and well-being of our residents.” No one from the gallery at Monday’s meeting spoke out against the proposed bylaw.

West Lake Ainslie resident Kelly Baye said the movement against fracking is strong because so many people have researched the negative health effects associated with the mining practice. “I have four children, a fifth one on the way. I need fresh water for my children,” she said. “My one son’s autistic and some days the only way I can get him to school is by getting him in the tub. What would I do if I didn’t have fresh water for my children?”

Cape Breton Frack Project Loses Alberta Partner

11 11 2012

AllNovaScotia.com reports, “Petroworth Resources has lost its (Alberta-based) farm-in partner for its exploratory oil well (near Lake Ainslie) in Cape Breton after that company was spooked by an anti-fracking protest that blockaded the Canso Causeway in September. ‘It’s extremely frustrating’, Petroworth president and CEO Neal Mednick said Wednesday.”

Atlantic organizer Angela Giles’ blog about the Council of Canadians presence at the protest in Auld’s Cove, Nova Scotia that “spooked” Petroworth’s partner can be read athttp://canadians.org/blog/?p=16730. In that blog, she writes, “Hundreds of people driving to and from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, were greeted by a large gathering as part of Global Frackdown – a worldwide day of action and solidarity, intended to ’send a message to elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future fueled by clean, renewable energy, not dirty, polluting fossil fuels’.”

The permit issued by the provincial government of Nova Scotia to Petroworth to drill by Lake Ainslie expires on July 15, 2013.

To read about our efforts to protect Lake Ainslie, Nova Scotia’s largest freshwater lake, from oil and gas drilling, go to http://canadians.org/blog/?s=%22lake+ainslie%22.

Dumping Frack Wastewater in Truro

4 10 2012

by MILES HOWE; Nova Scotia Media Coop

Truro, Nova Scotia – Guided by its own regulatory process, Colchester County Council yesterday determined that it would indeed allow its municipal engineer to consider Atlantic Industrial Services’ (AIS) application to dump “treated” frack-wastewater down the Debert sewer system.

The engineer’s recommendation, whatever it might be, can subsequently be opposed by council, and potentially reversed.

It has recently been publicly revealed that Atlantic Industrial Systems (AIS), who made the application, is in possession of not only 4.5 million litres of waste water from fracked wells in the Kennetcook area, but has also received approximately 11 million litres of fracked wastewater from the Penobsquis area of New Brunswick, in two separate shipments, in 2010 and 2011. According to AIS, all of this water is being held in on-site lagoons.

AIS’s Debert facility has a holding capacity of 35 million litres and claims that it has the technology to treat the 15.5 million litres of wastewater, which is currently considered a radioactive substance due to its elevated levels of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM). These may include uranium, thorium and potassium, among other radioactive substances.

Clint Stewart, senior vice-president of Envirosystems, Atlantic Industrial Systems’ Dartmouth-based parent company, notes that his company has already carried out tests on water samples from the Kennetcook wells; tests which came out under the allowable limits for NORMs. Stewart perceives the popular concern over this fracked wastewater to be overblown.

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Nova Scotia Blockade for Global Frackdown

23 09 2012