Drilling plan near Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland comes under fire, Fracking possible in company’s exploration program

Drilling plan near Gros Morne comes under fire, Fracking possible in company’s exploration program by CBC News, November 14, 2012
A woman living in the area of Gros Morne National Park is urging residents to speak out against a company’s oil exploration plans in that part of western Newfoundland. Shoal Point Energy would like to drill near Sally’s Cove, one of the coastal communities surrounded by the national park. Angie Payne, who has gone door-to-door in the area, said she was shocked that most people knew little about the plan. The company is scheduled to explain its plans during a public consultation on Thursday evening. “We think it’s awful that they think so little of the people here that they would believe that we would trade our own health and the health of our own home and environment for a few jobs that will only last a little while,” Payne said. Shoal Point Energy plans to launch exploratory drilling at three western Newfoundland sites in the coming year. Toronto-based Shoal Point Energy has said it has met with regulatory authorities about plans that “may include hydraulic fracturing as a method of stimulation of the Green Point Shale formation.” [Emphasis added]

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