The Canadian Province of Newfoundland & Labrador mandated an
independent panel to conduct a public review and advise the
Minister of Natural Resources on the socio-economic and
environmental implications of hydraulic fracturing in Western
Newfoundland. The panel has now issued its report.
In November 2013 the Province imposed a "pause" in
processing approvals of hydraulic fracturing of onshore and
onshore-to-offshore wells in Western Newfoundland. The pause was to
allow for a review of regulations in other jurisdictions, technical
work to assess the local geology and to allow for public
The Port au Port Bay area in Western Newfoundland contains the
Green Point shale which is thought to contain an estimated 150
million barrels of recoverable oil and 75 BCF of gas. Industry had
proposed seismic in the area.
The panel's report does not provide a simple yes or no
recommendation as to whether hydraulic fracturing should be
allowed. Instead, it identified a number of gaps and deficiencies
that need to be addressed and recommended some supplementary
measures be implemented and that the regulatory "pause"
A total of 85 recommendations have been made by the panel,
including the undertaking of a minimal risk, pilot-scale well
stimulation program to understand how the Green Point shale
responds to hydraulic fracturing.
The government has reportedly assembled a team to study the
panel's report and consider its recommendations.
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