Quebec should say no to all hydraulic fracturing: report

Quebec should say no to all hydraulic fracturing: report by The Gazette, April 03, 2012, Global News
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A committee named by Quebec Environment Minister Pierre Arcand, to determine whether shale gas can be extracted while respecting the environment, released plans Tuesday for further study and recommended that the minister not authorize hydraulic fracturing, even for research purposes. Arcand, in announcing the strategic environmental assessment last May, as recommended by Quebec’s Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement, had said fracturing would be allowed for research purposes. Committee chair Robert Joly said in his report that Quebec could rely on laboratory experiments on fracturing. He announced the committee would order several more studies with a deadline of next spring. He said the final report would be completed sometime in 2013. Joly reported that the committee learned a lot from public hearings held from November 2011 to January 2012 and said there would be further hearings, targeted at specific sectors including agriculture.

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