HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government introduced legislation Tuesday that would place an indefinite moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas from shale deposits.
But the legislation would provide an exemption for fracking used for testing and research purposes.
Energy Minister Andrew Younger says the amendments to the Petroleum Resources Act will not provide a loophole for the shale gas industry.
Younger, who first announced the government’s plans to implement a fracking moratorium nearly a month ago, says the legislation makes it clear that commercial fracking will not be allowed without a public debate in the legislature.
He says the government plans to draft regulations to define what high-volume fracking is and describe the process the government will follow before reconsidering the moratorium.
The minister says the government won’t consider lifting the ban until the it is convinced fracking can be done safely under a set of stringent new rules and regulations.