The Hants Journal sat down with Hants West provincial candidates Chuck Porter (incumbent Progressive Conservative MLA), Liberal Claude O’Hara, New Democrat Brian Stephens and Green Party of Nova Scotia candidate, Torin Buzek. We asked them a series of questions relating to local and provincial issues. We also spoke with Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie, who accompanied Porter to the interview, and Liberal leader Stephen McNeil, who accompanied O’Hara. Current NDP premier of the province, Darrell Dexter, was unavailable to meet with the Journal as of press time. We asked each candidate the following question: What is your stance on fracking? Here is a condensed version of what the Green Party candidate had to say.
Hants West Green Party candidate Torin Buzek:
Very simply, I’m absolutely, uncategorically against fracking. There are two issues with fracking… the fracking, and the Green Party would put a… long-term moratorium on fracking in the province of Nova Scotia, but there’s also the issue of dealing with the wastewater and how currently Nova Scotia is taking wastewater from other provinces, mainly New Brunswick, and even locally dealing with it in our local municipal water system and being told that it contains brine. Brine, to me, is a salt and water solution where actually they’re defining brine as things that they don’t even know exactly what’s in it but it’s not only salt and water… so no — no fracking way.