On November 4th 2013 the government of Newfoundland and Labrador issued a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing applications while it reviews regulations and consults residents.
Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley said the government will take the time it needs to assess the geology of western Newfoundland, to give residents a chance to comment and to compare its own regulations to other jurisdictions. "Our first consideration is the health and safety of our people," Daley said in the house of assembly.
The prospect of oil and gas operations in the Green Point shale near Gros Morne National Park, one of the province's prime tourism destinations, has set off intense debate. It has also raised concerns about groundwater pollution and other risks.