N.S. judge reserves ruling on appeal of government decision to drill oil
Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:44PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 17, 2012 2:45PM EDT
HALIFAX -- A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has reserved a decision on an appeal to quash a provincial Environment Department grant to drill for oil and gas near a Cape Breton lake.
The Margaree Environmental Association's appeal of the environment minister's decision to grant an exploration drilling permit to Petroworth Resources wrapped up today.
The association's argument centred on environmental restrictions that prohibit drilling within 100 metres of a water course.
The association's lawyer Derek Simon told the court there is a brook less than 50 metres from the drill site that empties into a wetland and eventually into Lake Ainslie.
But the government has classified it as a man-made drainage ditch and therefore does not consider it a water course.
Simon says he believes it could take months before the judge delivers his ruling.