I just read the CBC article about New Brunswick’s docs coming out calling for a moratorium on shale gas development. They are definitely at the vanguard on this. When BC just announced its new energy strategy which has hydraulic fracturing as its centre piece – not a peep from the BC docs.
For those of us who wonder why this approach to drilling is going ahead just about everywhere in the world where there has been interest – the UK just announced it would allow the process in Britain. New York is forging ahead despite enormous – unprecedented outrage.
As is the case with most NBers (including the docs), I don’t know enough about the science to say one way or the other but I continue to find it curious that of the dozens of locations where shale gas is being developed – NB is among the top two or three where resistance is the greatest. I guess the opponents have done a great job – the BC natural gas strategy was hardly mentioned here – I didn’t see much coverage at all.
I have said it before and I will say it again. If the masses do not want shale gas, it will be shut down. We live in a democracy. The Liberals are continuing to call for a moratorium as are the NDP. It is political red meat.
No one has made even the slightest attempt to explain to me why this is okay just about everywhere but here. The one place that really needs the economic activity. You think BC needs another multibillion dollar economic injection?
I guess we know something the rest don’t.
I will say that doctors – of all public servants – should have an appreciation of the important link between the economy and our ability to pay for public services.