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  • Another fine column, on fracking, in today’s Herald. I thought your observation that any risk is far different than manageable risk was useful. There is risk in most things, including crossing the street. My feeling on fracking in Nova Scotia is that we should give it a try, on a limited scale, employing the latest technology and proven people.
    Related to energy and natural gas, it astonishes me that Emera is trying to get N.S. taxpayers to foot the bill for the problematic need for more electricity. Do we need more and when do we need it? Could we not get more, or current usage, less expensively by converting dirty coal burners into gas? I am amazed that there is serious talk about reversing the Maritimes and Northeast pipeline, {Emera being a shareholder}, bringing New England and New Brunswick shale gas into Nova Scotia, combining it with offshore gas ,liquefying it and exporting the LPG, while we allow Emera to continue importing and burning foreign dirty coal and giving us among the highest electricity rates in the country.
    If I read this scenario in The Economist, and it was describing some third- world country I would think they were nuts. .

    James Radford | November 10, 2013 | Reply

  • A Natural Gas Economy is what we should be targeting. Whether via Fracking , Bio Gas , Imported via Pipeline or LNG Nova Scotia needs this for competitive reasons. Carbon Emissions can actually drop in Nova Scotia with the use of Natural Gas compared with Coal . SO2 and Mercury emissions would practically be eliminated by the switch. The argument against fracking is practically the same type of argument against Nuclear power the the 1980s. Nuclear power has had fewer deaths as an industry then the solar industry .

    paul taylor | November 10, 2013 | Reply