Letters to the editor, September 18, 2014

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The frack you say

Last issue's article "The fracking wisdom of Nova Scarcity" states much that is lacking in the mainstream press and is helpful in developing the dialogue that is needed in NS (Voice of the City by Karen Foster and Brian Foster). I applaud the Fosters for making their case, especially when I see all the vitriol coming from the readers' comments (although many of the comments do undermine the Fosters' assertion about "intelligent population").

Nova Scotia has had its resources harvested extensively for ages. How many times have the forests of Nova Scotia been clear-cut? Where are the fish stocks in the Atlantic? What happened to all the wealth generated from coal mining? Why hasn't Nova Scotia benefited more from this? Fracking would be deja vu... and this time our water is at risk. —posted by marke at thecoast.ca

TOTALLY AGREE and actually wrote "Now or Never" report chair Ray Ivany about it a few months ago. He wrote back saying he agreed, too! NIMBY can be our hallmark and not a bad one at that! —posted by st2014

Being a NFLDER, I grew up in a resource-extractive economy where the province itself is a ghost town after tourist season and over half the population works and lives around St.John's (insert Halifax here!). Frack that! We have not learned anything from this type of economy. It's just elites get richer and, well, all the others try to keep up. —posted by touton

Fracking businesses have not yet shown a strong-enough business plan. This includes dealing with any environmental issues. If they can come up with a better plan, maybe it will happen. The gas ain't going nowhere, so no rush. No use extracting it if you won't be able to live in the same area. —posted by BaliBoy

Love this perspective, and hoping PEI will pay attention and follow suit. Fossil fuel isn't the be-all and end-all of economic development, but I applaud the advertising companies that make it look like this is the case.—posted by Mayne Meredith

Brilliantly stated and oh-so-true. Energy minister Younger and premier McNeil deserve to be congratulated. —posted by TrevorP

There is no heroism in continuing policies that make us poor. Nova Scotia as an administrative entity is dying because its not producing enough revenue to sustain itself, keep its young people and attract people like all those economies that adopted fracking and/or riskier ways of making money. We can rationalize all we want about the groovy lifestyle we have, enjoy it because even it can't last without money. —posted by Goodwood

Oh wow, a power couple from Upper Canada here to give some sage advice to poor hard- done-by Nova Scotia. Thanks so much for your priceless Upper Canadian opinions.—posted by Michael Murphy

I don't think the ability to oppose fracking puts us on a pedestal of being trendsetters. Residents of this province are so complacent with their situations, as if "making ends meet" is all there is, never seeking more out of life. Successful people in Nova Scotia (such as the business "elites" noted in the article) are feared. As soon as you become successful here, people hate you. Elsewhere people embrace and reward success, but Maritimers loathe and ostracize you because of it. And so many people here suffer from the NIMBY syndrome: It's OK somewhere else, but as soon as that same industry comes knocking to bring possible properity, everyone is fighting against it. —posted by Ocean Blue

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