Yellowknife, NWT – The MLA for the Sahtu says a new report that calls for more research and safeguards before fracking is allowed to proceed, actually reaffirms what he’s been saying all along.
Norman Yakeleya says proper environmental monitoring is already in place where two companies have been given licences to frack for natural gas near Norman Wells.
The report gave fresh hope to environmental groups in Yellowknife that have campaigned against fracking in the Northwest Territories.
We asked Yakeleya if the report has changed his pro-fracking stance in any way.
“It hasn’t. It actually strengthened my own concerns as to the report confirming that what we are doing in the Sahtu and what the government is doing is on track. As a matter of fact the Sahtu is probably one step ahead of the report here in terms of our concerns and those that are listed with our Land and Water Board.”
NWT fracking opponents say licences were given to Conoco-Phillips and Husky to frack for natural gas in the Sahtu region without proper environmental assessments.
The report calls for fracking in Canada to go slow, at least until monitoring shows whether the process is safe or dangerous.
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