Quebec's natural resources minister wants complete ban on hydraulic fracturing

The former Liberal government in Quebec previously suspended shale gas exploration following pressure to continue investigations related to the ecologic effects of hydraulic fracturing, and now, Martine Ouellet, Quebec's new natural resources minister, has stated that she believes a complete moratorium on the practice should stand, reported The Vancouver Sun.

According to the British Columbia daily paper, Ouellet, on her way to a cabinet meeting Thursday, expressed concern over the shale gas extraction method saying that she can not envision the day when technology will allow for the safe exploitation of shale gas.

The Vancouver Sun reported Ouellet as saying, “Our position is very clear: we want a complete moratorium, not only on exploitation but also on exploration of shale gas. We haven’t changed our minds.”

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