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Quebec Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet
Quebec Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet
(Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Quebec gas in peril as PQ signals ban

Quebec’s new Natural Resources Minister has signalled she will move to ban hydraulic fracturing even as she ordered a new inquiry into the practice, a position that puts development of the province’s rich resources of natural gas in doubt.

“I cannot see the day when the extraction of natural gas by the fracking method can be done in a safe way,” said Martine Ouellet, as she walked to her first cabinet meeting in Quebec City.