Liberals were prepared to support “Efficient Fracking” in 2011: Ash

September 23, 2013

(Halifax, N.S.) NDP Candidate Gregor Ash says given the Liberals repeated expressed support for fracking since 2009, it’s wrong Liberal candidates are passing out leaflets on university campuses suggesting otherwise in an attempt to grab votes.

 In 2011, the Liberals introduced a bill titled An Act to Ensure the Health and Well-being of Nova Scotians in the Use of Efficient Hydraulic Fracturing. At the time the bill was designed to pave the way for regulations to be in place by the end of 2011 so fracking could begin in Nova Scotia.

 Oddly, while the current Liberal leaflet says the Liberals haven’t fully accepted fracking it does mention a Liberal government would invest in unspecified “green innovations.”

 “One can only assume this refers to the ‘green fracking’ that Halifax Chebucto candidate Joachim Stroink called for in a CBC TV interview on August 14th, or the ‘efficient hydraulic fracturing’ Liberal MLA Andrew Younger called for in his bill’ said Ash.

 Further muddying the waters, Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil last week told News 95.7: “What Joachim was referring to, I believe, was using our university sector to do research around whether fracking could be done in a safer way.”

 Earlier this year the Gandalf Group, an organization with strong ties to the Liberal party, conducted a survey that asked Nova Scotians if they supported accelerating development of Nova Scotia’s natural gas deposits for export.

 “A Liberal pattern has started to emerge where they say they don’t like fracking in one breath and then suggest maybe Nova Scotia should give it a try in the next. The NDP has been clear, there is no fracking and there will be no fracking in Nova Scotia as long as there is any doubt about its safety. Unlike the Liberals, the NDP aren’t going to play political games with an important environmental issue.”