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Nova Scotia fracking ban to remain despite gas potential, premier says

FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. .
FILE - In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. . AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File

Premier Stephen McNeil says Nova Scotia has no intention of lifting its ban on hydraulic fracturing despite a new Energy Department analysis that says onshore natural gas resources could be worth billions of dollars.

The Nova Scotia Onshore Petroleum Atlas lists the economic potential at between US$20-billion and US$60-billion.

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The analysis says that based on available geological data, the Windsor and Cumberland sub-basins are the areas that hold the most potential for hydrocarbons.

But McNeil says it’s simply one report that will give Nova Scotians a chance to discuss fracking and onshore gas exploration.

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He says barring any new information, the government remains concerned about the potential impacts fracking could have on potable water tables given the province’s geology.

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The Liberals passed legislation banning fracking in 2014, but have not proclaimed it.