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Monday, October 15, 2012

Louis LaPierre's report Says NO! to moratorium for the Shale Gas Industry

Reprint: The left eye

While dismissing the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the Province of New Brunswick Dr. Louis LaPierre recognises that more scientific research is needed to accurately predict the economic and environmental outcome and that a moratorium would not allow for further investigation.

According to Dr. Lapierre, “Government and industry proponents have not done enough to provide a clear and credible New Brunswick based, science-driven direction on this industrial opportunity, in my view. The opportunity requires a high degree of accountability to New Brunswickers and I hope my suggested path forward can help do that.”

In addition, the report clearly shows that industry does not want to assume any responsibility of burden of proof for infractions. “Industry representatives indicated that a punitive regulatory process would discourage companies from working in New Brunswick. They also had particular concerns with the responsibility to assume the burden of proof for all infractions.”

It would appear that industry does not want any regulations in place to regulate how they will harvest shall gas nor do they want the responsibility of liability in the event of “something going wrong”. This would suggest that even the industry cannot guarantee the safety of hydraulic fracturing and the negative health and environmental effects on the people of New Brunswick. In short if industry will not take the chance on “something going wrong”, then why should New Brunswickers take the chance?

The report was well thought out and has identified the major issues that are facing the province in try to resolve this problem, which is summarized below. However when all is said the reports clearly shows that it does not want to close the doors on Fracking, and that further consultations and studies are needed before the province can endorse commercial production of shale gas.


The report as submitted.


1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Considering we the people are the ones that consume that oil/gas at an alarming rate - we are the ones that should be responsible for any ill effects, not the companies. They wouldn't frank if we didn't demand it.

We are the ones responsible, not the companies for the state we are in.

While they may have profited, even obscenely profited, they only did so because we let them by consuming.

It is so much easier though to blame someone else.