Provincial Issues

  • The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has commissioned the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University to conduct an independent review and public engagement process to explore the social, economic, environmental, and health implications of hydraulic fracturing practices and their associated wastewater streams. Dr. David Wheeler, President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University, is convening as Chair of the Nova Scotia Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing, which will oversee the review process.

    As part of the public engagement process for the fracking review, Dr. Wheeler would like to invite interested citizens to attend one of thefollowing upcoming public meetings, where he will provide an overview of the review process, preliminary review results and draft recommendations.



    Date and Time

    Port Hawkesbury

    Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, 606 Reeves Street

    July 15 (6:30 to 8:30 pm)


    Cape Breton University, Verschuren Centre Room CS 104, 1250 Grand Lake Road

    July 16 (5 to 7 pm)


    Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre, 9650 Hwy 105

    July 29 (6 to 8 pm)

    New Glasgow

    Pictou County Wellness Centre, 2756 Westville Road

    July 21 (12 to 2 pm)


    Tatamagouche Centre, 259 Loop Route 6, RR#3

    July 21st (6:30 to 8:30 pm)


    The Dominion Public Building, 98 Victoria Street

    July 22 (12 to 2 pm)


    Rath Eastlink Community Centre, 625 Abenaki Road

    July 22 (6 to 8 pm)


    Kings College, Alumni Hall, 6350 Coburg Road

    July 23 (6 to 8 pm)


    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Yarmouth Branch, 341 Main Street

    July 24 (11am to 1 pm)


    Windsor Community Centre, 78 Thomas Street

    July 24 (6:30 to 8:30 pm)

    For more information, visit the Hydraulic Fracturing Study website at: or contact Margo MacGregor, Program Administrator, at 902-563-1392 or .


  • Nova Scotia Environment (NSE) has extended the deadline for municipalities to provide input on proposed changes to the Solid Waste-Resource Management Regulations from July 11 to September 30. 

    In April, NSE released a consultation paper entitled "Revising Our Path Forward:  A public discussion paper about solid waste regulation in Nova Scotia."   The paper states the current system is not sustainable and proposes changes in the following areas:

    • A new product stewardship model (Extended Producer Responsibility) for materials such as printed paper and packaging that offers some financial relief for municipalities by shifting the responsibility of disposal to the producer (using a similar model currently in place for electronics and consumer paint products)
    • New disposal bans and approval requirements aimed at increasing diversion of construction and demolition material and generating business activity
    • Expansion of the used tire management program to add off-road tires, including those on ATVs, mining equipment and farm tractors
    • Removal of the requirement for regional solid waste management plans
    • Clarity on the rules for energy-from-waste to allow for the inclusion of technologies that thermally process mixed municipal solid waste
    • Improved enforceability of the solid waste regulations
    • Changes to the beverage container deposit-refund program to reflect the true cost of recycling beverage containers

    If you would like to provide comments to the proposed changes outlined in the consultation paper, please do so by September 30 by sending an email to NSE at (please include ā€œsolid waste regulationsā€ in the subject line of the email).