In August 2013, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy 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, Cape Breton University, convened and Chaired a Nova Scotia Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing to oversee the process.
The Expert Panel released 10 discussion papers which provided the basis for chapters in the final report. As each paper was released there was a 2 to 3 week period for feedback and comment. To access any of the discussion papers released by the Expert Panel as well as presentation materials from the public meetings and process details, please visit the following links —
Verschuren Centre Submits Final Report on Hydraulic Fracturing to the Province of Nova Scotia
On August 28 Dr. David Wheeler, President of Cape Breton University, submitted the final report of the eleven person independent review panel on hydraulic fracturing to the Honourable Andrew Younger MLA, Minister of Energy.
The process was overseen by the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment and took exactly one year. It involved interactions with more than 1,200 stakeholders in public meetings and over 200 individuals and organizations who submitted evidence to the review and responded to discussion papers. Coverage of the 387 page report is very positive. A link to the full report together with TV, radio and editorial reactions to the review are provided below. The Government is expected to respond to the report before the end of September.
Immediate media and press reporting interpreting report as ‘not ready’, ‘press pause’ and/or calling for a continued moratorium:
Government response: Minister hopes to make decision on fracking within month:
Environmental response: EAC ‘praises report’ and sees it as ‘really encouraging’; Fracking Awareness Group ‘welcomes report’