Atlantic Canada’s energy costs are high. We have a small population, cold winters, steep fuel taxes, and costly infrastructure. Individuals and businesses often struggle to contain their energy costs. Thankfully, experts say that our region may be rich in onshore natural gas deposits.

Extracting this resource could lower heat and power costs, and exporting it would give a much-needed boost to the economy. Plus, new technologies are making gas safer and easier to extract, store, ship, and use.

Steady and clean-burning natural gas is environmentally preferable to other fossil fuels. Yet governments continue to reject developing these resources. For the sake of our economy, environment, and energy needs, it is time quit stalling on Atlantic natural gas.