Province Extends Hydraulic Fracturing Review

The Province announced that it is extending the review of hydraulic fracturing to mid-2014 to ensure its review committee has the best information to make informed recommendations.

No hydraulic fracturing will be approved in Nova Scotia during the review.

Energy Minister Charlie Parker and Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau announced the extension on April 16 to consider technical reviews underway in Canada and the United States.

Hydraulic fracturing is a technique used to extract gas and oil from shale by using pressure, chemicals and large volumes of water.

No hydraulic fracturing approvals will be granted during the review but traditional oil and gas operations will continue.

The review committee will continue to monitor and share information during the extension. New material will be posted online as it becomes available.