Nova Scotia county bans fracking
May 7, 2013 By The Canadian Press
May 7, 2013, Port Hood, N.S. – Municipal councillors in Nova Scotia's
Inverness County have passed a bylaw that bans fracking.
May 7, 2013, Port Hood, N.S. – Municipal councillors in Nova Scotia's Inverness County have passed a bylaw that bans hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking.
Deputy warden Dwayne MacDonald was the only councillor to vote against the bylaw at a meeting Monday in Port Hood.
Hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil involves using chemically treated water under extreme pressure to fracture rock and extract natural gas.
Earlier this year, a Nova Scotia cabinet minister said the bylaw was moot because the province isn't issuing permits for fracking and is conducting a technical and policy review of the practice.
Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell also said the bylaw would not supersede provincial authority over mineral rights.
He said his department is responsible for administering the Municipal Government Act, and that gives the council no authority to make law in areas of provincial jurisdiction.
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