Frack off

King’s students were among the crowd of about 100 protesting hydraulic fracking in Grand Parade Square on Sat., Jan. 14. Hydro-fracking is a method of extracting natural gas from shale which has proven harmful to drinking water sources all over North America. This Provincial Day of Action against fracking was organized by Occupy Nova Scotia in conjunction with the Ecology Action Center and other community groups in hopes of banning hydraulic fracturing in Nova Scotia. It has already been banned in communities across Canada, including Hampton, N.B., because of the risk of drinking water contamination.
Emma Norton, King’s Sustainability Officer, is unimpressed with the provincial government’s treatment of this issue. “The Nova Scotia government wants to significantly lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, so it should start investing in renewable resources instead of fossil fuel extraction,” she said. “This is especially true when the mode of extraction involves a significant health risk like those posed by fracking.”
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With files from Emilie Novaczek

By David J. Shuman

David is the current editor-in-chief of The Watch and writes on student issues and events. Find him on Twitter: @DavidJShuman

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