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Nova Scotia issues two-year moratorium on fracking

Government says needs more time to review technology

By Dina O'Meara, Calgary HeraldApril 19, 2012

CALGARY — Companies searching for oil and gas in the Maritimes received conflicting messages this week around the use of hydraulic fracturing to develop the resources.

New Brunswick granted a five year licence to Calgary-based Windsor Energy to explore and drill for natural gas on Tuesday while Nova Scotia banned fracking until the summer of 2014 to have more time to review the contentious technology.

Energy Minister Charlie Parker said the provincial government wanted to study reviews being drafted by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and Environment Canada on the impacts of fracking.

Parker cited other jurisdictions have been reviewing how the technology could affect water resources and earthquakes.

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