The Nova Scotia Onshore Petroleum Atlas listed the approximate economic benefit of onshore oil and gas resources at between $20 billion and $60 billion US.

GUYSBOROUGH: A local warden lent his voice to those calling for more onshore fuel exploration.

Earlier this month, the Nova Scotia Department of Energy released its Nova Scotia Onshore Petroleum Atlas, which listed the approximate economic benefit of such resources at between $20 billion and $60 billion US.

Following a recent meeting of council for the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, Warden Vernon Pitts said there is lots of natural gas in the ground but “we have no means of tapping into it.”

“The province is closed to it or they were,” said Pitts. “Hopefully, they’re looking at opening it up. I’d like to see them try it. Oil and gas is not the bad business that people have it [made] out to be.”

Pitts said the municipality has been dealing with oil and gas companies for years, noting the majority of such partnerships benefitted the area and residents.

“It’s been good for the province, as well as the country as a whole,” Pitts said. “I think it’s imperative that the province opens it up and has a look at it again.”

Premier Stephen McNeil previously said the government doesn’t have plans to lift the current hydraulic fracturing ban.

“It’s pretty hard to talk the talk if you can’t walk the walk.”