Ban on Onshore Fracking in Nova Scotia, Canada

A moratoria to fracking has been introduced in Nova Scotia in 2014 following citizens' protests and anti-fracking campaign since 2011


Description

In 2008, Triangle Petroleum presented its Development Application Plan which outlined a project to explore and develop shale gas in four areas in Nova Scotia, Canada. One year before, the company had received permits to explore and extract shale gas and other petrochemicals for the 192,000 hectare Windsor Block, located mainly in East and West Hants, Nova Scotia. Triangle Petroleum wanted to exploit shale gas using horizontal drilling with high-pressure hydraulic fracturing from multi-well pads – commonly known as fracking.

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Basic Data
NameBan on Onshore Fracking in Nova Scotia, Canada
CountryCanada
ProvinceNova Scotia
SiteNova Scotia
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Shale gas fracking
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsTriangle Petroleum's held rights to explore and extract shale gas and other petrochemicals in the 192,000 hectares Windsor Block in Nova Scotia, Canada. Their outlined project included the exploration and development of shale gas, calling for 680 wells to be developed from 2009 to 2018, the gas being destined for the Maritimes Northeast pipeline.



In 2013, the US Energy Information Administration estimated that Nova Scotia holds 577.7 billion cubic meters of technically recoverable natural gas.
Project Area (in hectares)192,000 hectares
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Potential Affected PopulationAround 2,600
Start Date01/01/2008
Company Names or State EnterprisesTriangle Petroleum Corporation from Canada
Relevant government actorsExecutive Council of Nova Scotia
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersNova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC): http://nofrac.wordpress.com/

Ecology Action Centre: https://www.ecologyaction.ca
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.September 2014, Nova Scotia's Energy Minister Andrew Younger announced the governments plans to introduce legislation prohibiting hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in shale oil and gas projects in the whole province. Following through on their promise, the moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing was continued on 30 September 2014, when the government introduced an amendment on Nova Scotia's Petroleum Resources Act. The law's proposes indefinite moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for onshore oil and gas from shale deposits includes an exemption that would allow fracking for testing and research purposes.
Sources and Materials
Legislations

Petroleum Resources Act of Nova Scotia

References

• Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC), Fracking Issue Paper #1, A Brief Issue Paper on Hydraulic Fracturing and Unconventional Gas Practices, 28 March 2012,
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• Nova Scotia Fracking Resource and Action Coalition (NOFRAC), OUT OF CONTROL: Nova Scotia's Experience with Fracking for Shale Gas, April 2013,
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• NOVA SCOTIA government, Final Scope: Review of Hydraulic Fracturing in oil and gas operations in Nova Scotia, June 2011,
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• Cape Breton University; Verschuren Centre, REPORT of the NOVA SCOTIA INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL on HYDRAULIC FRACTURING, 28 August 2014,
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• US Energy Information Administration, World Shale Gas, EIA/ARI World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment – CANADA, 17 May 2013,
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Links

• Fracking protest marks Halifax Earth Day, The Canadian Press, CBC News – Nova Scotia, 22 April 2011,
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• Petroleum industry group disappointed by N.S. Fracking ban, The Canadian Press, Global News, 4 September 2014,
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• Nova Scotia to ban fracking for onshore shale gas, by Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press, CTV News Atlantic, 3 September 2014,
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• Nova Scotia Fracking Ban To Be Indefinite, CP, by The Canadian Press, 30 September 2014,
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• Fracking ban legislation introduced in Nova Scotia, The Canadian Press, CBC News – Nova Scotia, 30 September 2014,
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• Nova Scotia fracking ban bill allows testing and research, by Michael Gorman, Herald News, 30 September 2014,
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• Nova Scotia Enacts Two-Year Fracking Ban, NGI's Shale Daily, 23 April 2012,
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• Anti-Fracking Lake Ainslie Protest, by James Wiseman, Halifax Media Co-op (HMC), 24 September 2012,
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Other Documents

Protests in Halifax, Oct.18, 2013 Source: http://www.cp24.com/news/nova-scotia-to-introduce-legislation-to-ban-fracking-for-onshore-shale-gas-1.1989300
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