August 28, 2014 2:49 pm

Panel report says no fracking in Nova Scotia for now

In this May 1, 2009 photo, an offshore oil drilling platform is shown off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris Carlson

HALIFAX – An independent review panel has released a report saying hydraulic fracturing — better known as “fracking” – might be viable for Nova Scotia in the future, but for now it shouldn’t be allowed.

The report, compiled by a panel led by Cape Breton University president David Wheeler, says more research needs to be conducted before it is allowed to continue.

It also suggests communities within the province need to have input when it comes to fracking.

“We conclude that the Province is not able to make fully informed decisions, either for or against, the development of unconventional gas and oil resources by hydraulic fracturing at the present time,” the report said.

The province’s Energy Minister, Andrew Younger, says he’ll respond to the recommendations in the report once he’s had a chance to review it.

He hopes to make a final decision on the future of hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia before the Legislature resumes on Sept. 25.

Read the report below:

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