1. Will you support a moratorium or a ban on horizontal hydraulic fracturing? Why or why not, and under which conditions would you allow fracking in the NWT?
Not right now. We need to consult with community leaders and create a shared understanding of what hydraulic fracturing is and get a common understanding of concerns. Most people that I speak with say they don’t know enough about HF to make an informed decision.
This is an important decision for all people of the NWT and the future of the NWT and we need to get it right.
The oil and gas industry has packed up and left the NWT. We don’t expect to see any exploration for probably 10 years. So let’s take the time to get it right.
2. Will you commit to proposing or supporting a motion in the NWT Legislative Assembly calling for a moratorium on fracking until a comprehensive, transparent and public review of the risks and public acceptability of fracking in the NWT is completed? Yes or no?
As I stated above, we have time to get it right. I would support the opportunity for a comprehensive, transparent and public consultation on hydraulic fracturing in the NWT. I believe I said that in my first answer.