Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse claimed the government remains “deeply sceptical” of fracking and none would be allowed to proceed unless distinct evidence proved the practice ‘causes no harm.
Fracking regulation is generally weak and unenforced across the country. A new technology, “re-fracking,” brings with it even more potential harm, and it’s going ahead — all in the name of energy security.
The energy surplus created by hydraulic fracturing has had a wide-reaching ripple effect. With shale gas expected to reach 65 percent of the natural gas supply within the next two decades -- up from 2 percent in 2000 -- crude oil prices are forecast to drop by 30 percent, according to some analysts. Drops in well yields, however, threaten to make