Quebec may ban natural gas drilling due to environmental concerns

A recent news article reports that the Quebec government is considering halting natural gas production in the province. Quebec Environment Minister Pierre Arcand is quoted as saying, "I get the sense the industry isn't in control of the situation."

Last year, Quebec's Ministry of Natural Resources found leaks in more than half the shale gas wells it inspected. Of 31 wells inspected, 19 showed "natural gas emissions."

Many of the companies drilling in Canada are the same companies that drill right here in the United States. Do they use different technologies in each country, or have different safety and quality standards? Or are the risks similar? Are Quebec's regulators willing to do more to protect the public? Let me know what you think.

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Amy Mall

Senior Policy Analyst, Land & Wildlife program

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