Not everyone against ‘fracking’ by Frank Gale, February 13, 2013, The Western Star
CAPE ST. GEORGE While some people are against proposed hydraulic fracturing in Western Newfoundland, Peter Fenwick supports the oil industry in its bid to “frack.” … He said one assertion is that the oil industry and fracking will destroy the tourism industry, but it’s his feeling that nothing could be further from the truth. Inn at the Cape, which is a family business he operates, is within five kilometers of two oil wells — one of them being the only well on Newfoundland soil with a production license. … The oil industry and its contribution to his inn, local restaurants, general stores and liquor stores have been positive for tourism infrastructure, he added. If additional drilling and fracking is allowed on the west coast, Fenwick is sure the tourism infrastructure in these areas will experience the same economic boost. He said the oil industry has an appetite for the service industry, and its support often extends the season of bed and breakfast operations and hotels throughout the year. The footprint of the oil industry is small and the operating well has about two acres of land in its fenced off area, with the company very particular in making sure that it does not disrupt the environment.
“The west coast shale oil must be developed in the next few years if it is to secure markets for its oil before the United States becomes self-sufficient in energy in 2020.” – Peter Fenwick, supporter of hydraulic fracturing Fenwick is concerned that if, as some have suggested, a moratorium is imposed on fracking, it will lead to the end of oil exploration on the west coast and a possible massive oil deposit equal to Hibernia will be closed in for good. … “To suggest a moratorium should be put in place is to kill the project entirely,” he said. “The west coast shale oil must be developed in the next few years if it is to secure markets for its oil before the United States becomes self-sufficient in energy in 2020.” Any oil exploration must go through an environmental assessment, and Fenwick said the Shoal Point proposal would go through two — one by Natural Resources and Environment and another by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Oil Petroleum Board. He said if the government regulators approve the plan, it should go ahead without delay. Fenwick believes fracking is well regulated in Canada and has no fear of problems cropping up as they have in the United States. He said there has been some 150,000 to 180,000 wells drilled in Canada that have been hydraulically fractured with very few problems reported. [Emphasis added]
[Refer also to: How Alberta Will Fight Fracking Folk Hero Jessica Ernst, In famous flaming water case, regulator to argue ‘no duty of care’ to landowners or groundwater by Andrew Nikiforuk, January 16, 2013, TheTyee.ca
Fracking plans in Newfoundland must go through government, says environment minister Hedderson says if the company does all that is asked, then the project would be released from environmental assessment…. ]