Minister Announces Independent Panel for Review of Hydraulic Fracturing

Written by on October 10, 2014

assemblyMaking Responsible Policy Decisions in Natural Resources

 

Minister Announces Independent Panel for Review of Hydraulic Fracturing

 

The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, has appointed an independent panel of five individuals to conduct a review of the socio-economic and environmental implications of hydraulic fracturing in western Newfoundland.

 

Our government has listened to concerned citizens and industry stakeholders, and has selected an independent panel representing the fields of environment, engineering and geology, economics, and public health. Today, I am announcing that the panel will be comprised of Dr. Ray Gosine, who will serve as chair, Dr. Graham Gagnon, Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Dr. Wade Locke, and Dr. Kevin Keough. I have every confidence in the capabilities of these individuals who have agreed to undertake the review of hydraulic fracturing in western Newfoundland, which will include public consultations. The health and safety of our people and protection of the environment are our main considerations, and will continue to guide our decisions, as we pursue opportunities to develop our natural resources.

– The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources

 

Dr. Gosine is vice-president (research), pro tempore, at Memorial University. Dr. Gagnon is a professor in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. Dr. Dusseaultis a professor of geological engineering in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Waterloo. Dr. Wade Locke is a professor of economics, Memorial University. Dr. Keough has extensive academic experience including the past role of vice-president (research and international relations) at Memorial University. Biographies for the panel members are provided in the backgrounder below.

 

The panel is being provided with a terms of reference, as well as research completed during the Provincial Government’s internal review. These documents are available at http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/energy/index.html#3.

 

At the end of the review, the panel will prepare a report which will be made available to the public. The final report is due within one year.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Natural Resources, has appointed an independent panel of five individuals to conduct a review of the socio-economic and environmental implications of hydraulic fracturing in western Newfoundland.
  • The panel will be comprised of Dr. Ray Gosine, who will serve as chair, Dr. Graham Gagnon, Dr. Maurice Dusseault, Dr. Wade Locke, and Dr. Kevin Keough.
  • The panel is being provided with a terms of reference, as well as research completed during the Provincial Government’s internal review. These documents are available athttp://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/energy/index.html#3.
  • At the end of the review, the panel will prepare a report which will be made available to the public. The final report is due within one year.

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