New studies on oil and gas in Quebec

Pierre Arcand, David Heurtel and Raymond Bernier
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The Liberals are launching two massive studies to look at the potential and the consequences of exploiting oil and gas as a whole across Quebec, and specifically on Anticosti island.

They say there are still many unanswered questions when it comes to gas and oil fracking.

Minister Pierre Arcand says doesn't know whether shale gas is safe or even profitable. "Unless we are 100% sure that we think its the right thing, I think we need to do studies."

But the Couillard government is not committing to a permanent moratorium on fracking in the Saint Lawrence valley, and that's arousing the suspicions of the Parti Quebecois' Bernard Drainville.

"They're trying to package this to not worry the people of the Saint-Lawrence valley too much, but we aren't fools. In the end, what the Liberals want it to re-launch the shale gas industry in the Saint Lawrence valley."

The PQ had intended to impose a long-term moratorium on shale gas fracking along the Saint Lawrence, but allow a similar procedure to be used to extract oil on Anticosti island.

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