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N.S. government wants to ban dumping of fracking waste in province

A drilling rig used for hydraulic fracturing is trucked across a water hose at a drill site Sept. 24, 2013, in Midland, Texas.
A drilling rig used for hydraulic fracturing is trucked across a water hose at a drill site Sept. 24, 2013, in Midland, Texas. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan

HALIFAX – Waste water from fracking done in other provinces will not be allowed to be dumped in Nova Scotia under new legislation introduced Monday.

Environment Minister Randy Delorey says the proposed ban is appropriate because the province has already placed a moratorium on fracking while an independent review is underway.

The review is being led by Cape Breton University president David Wheeler.

He is expected to release his findings this spring.

Meanwhile, Delorey says his department is still trying to figure out what to do with waste water left over from two fracked wells in the Kennetcook area.

The wells were drilled and fracked six years ago.

Disposal of the waste water was stopped when officials discovered the water contained naturally occurring radiation.

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