Fracking Re-Emerges as Issue in Nova Scotia

In 2014, after considering the report of the Nova Scotia Review Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing, the Government of Nova Scotia passed Bill 6 prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing in shale formations, except for research and testing. Recently (2018) the Premier of Nova Scotia and the Municipality of the District of Guysborough have raised the issue of hydraulic fracturing once again.

The 2014 Review Panel based its recommendations on expert panelists and well-researched submissions from the public.  A number of Antigonish area residents contributed informed and thoughtful submissions to the Panel.  These public documents are linked here for your consideration:

Responsible Energy Action
Susan E. Adams
Dr. Elizabeth Brennan
Connie Clement
Dr. Jonathan Langdon
Dr. Jay Ross
School of Nursing St FX University
Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish

We have also prepared fact sheets on issues relevant to municipal councils in Nova Scotia:

Fracking Water Use and Wastewater 2018
Fracking and Local Transportation 2018

 Who are we?

Welcome to the home base of Responsible Energy Action (REA), an education and action group that focuses on how we obtain and use energy.

Our regular meetings are usually held the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.  Our next regular meeting will be April 18, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. at the People’s Place Library, Antigonish. Please join us if you can! All are welcome.

From the time the group formed in late 2011 through late 2014, we worked hard to educate ourselves and our community on the environmental, health, economic and social aspects of unconventional petroleum extraction.

All the while,  we have also studied and supported energy efficiency and sustainable energy alternatives: how can these contribute to the Nova Scotia economy? How can we all use energy more responsibly? How can we help ensure equitable access to energy? 

We are collaborating with our local governments and with other local stakeholders on a solar energy initiative (Antigonish Community Energy Co-op), and on a Community Climate Change initiative (Antigonish Climate Resilience). On energy justice we work with the Antigonish Poverty Reduction Coalition.         Please join us!
You can contact us at


Blue Dot

Antigonish is a Blue Dot Community! 

On October 19th and 20th, 2015, Antigonish Town and County Councils unanimously endorsed the Blue Dot declaration!  Once again our municipal councils are showing their leadership on environmental concerns. REA expresses appreciation for the support of our councillors, mayor, and warden for this and other sustainability initiatives.

Find information about the campaign at or find Antigonish updates on facebook  at

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