Warden wants to start conversation around hydraulic fracturing


GUYSBOROUGH: A local warden said he wanted to get the conversation started.

Earlier this year, the Municipality of the District of Guysborough (MODG) issued a request for support behind a drive to get the province to create regulations and legislation that remove the ban on fracking and to design a program that provides strict guidelines and parameters under for a pilot project to determine whether the resource can be safely developed.

So far, the Town of Antigonish voted against supporting the MODG’s request, at least for the time being. When asked if this concerned him, Guysborough Warden Vernon Pitts said council’s intent in passing the original motion was to start a conversation about the controversial topic.

“I don’t want the province to start fracking or anyone to start fracking anywhere until we come up with some regulations,” he said. “First off, let’s get the information. Let’s get the conversation going.”

Pitts said he would like to see the province host public meetings where people could learn the facts around the hydraulic fracturing.

“Take the blinders off, come into a meeting with an open mind, don’t have a pre-formed conclusion,” said Pitts. “Following that, by all means, form your conclusion. I don’t have the answers. I’m not an engineer. I don’t pretend to have the answers. What I expect though is the province to go out and get everybody the answers.”

In late January, Mulgrave Town Council voted to pass a motion supporting Guysborough’s request. Mulgrave CAO Jim Davis said council felt the risk was low based on modern technologies and the approach that was recommended in the motion.