Someone asked me to comment on the new oil and gas rules released by the government today.
As I have said many times I am not the guy for that. I read them over and it seems they have tried to address all the concerns. I don’t know how it will be viewed by industry. I hope they found the right approach.
The reality there are some really bright guys/gals around that are qualified to talk about this stuff and you wont’ find them voicing over grainy images of burned out wastelands on Youtube. I saw a presentation by UNB’s Tom Al covering his views on shale gas development last summer. He was introduced as the most knowledgeable guy in New Brunswick about our geology.
My hope continues to be that we can have a good discussion about this publicly. I realize there are those being paid to stop the oil and gas industry. That’s fine. That’s part of democracy. There are those paid to promote it as well.
I have to admit some frustration when a guy in Albert County gets his 11 year old son out there on the radio passionately pleading for a moratorium on shale gas development. Someone told me that when they did pre-drilling well tests out in Albert County in 2011 something like half of them were contaminated – well beyond provincial guidelines.
If water quality is the real issue why not have your 11 year old advocating to clean up the actual problem rather than campaigning against a hypothetical one? Why not have protests at City Hall demanding action on a real issue rather than a hypothetical one.
It’s hard not to be cynical about the quality of public debates on large public policy issues.
If you want a little levity in your debate, check out the Governor of Colorado who says he has drank fracking fluid to prove it is safe. Maybe David Alward should tip a glass.