Since we've yet to see a lick of evidence that there's anything there to frack, the fracking debate may be about something else -- a sort of collective psycho-freakout of forces built up over decades.
Ralph Surette is a veteran freelance journalist living in Yarmouth County.
Politics and political attitudes are changing in Nova Scotia -- albeit, in a manner too slow and complex for the public's short attention span to notice.
The uproar is about a bill to merge nine regional health authorities into one and streamline their union structure, but it's bigger than that, reaching into the core of Nova Scotian malaise.
Nova Scotia is in a full-fledged wood-fibre panic -- which means decades of planning driven by citizen participation can go hang, along with ecological sensitivities.
Over the years I've been watching the argument evolve with increasing disbelief. It's this: Alberta is rich because it "develops its natural resources" and we're poor because we don't.
Here's something else that would advance our cause in Nova Scotia if we could only talk about it without the pious platitudes: taxation.
Let's examine the Maritimes' continuing struggle with debt, deficits, a weak economy and young people leaving against a wider backdrop of equalization.
Whereas the news of the day in Eastern Canada is about people with the power out, the long-term story is about the hit to agriculture, now and in future, here and worldwide.
Education is in growing turmoil across Canada over both results and cost. How come education spending is ballooning while clientele is shrinking dramatically?
The message of the downgrade in oil claims is that there's no easy fossil-fuel route out of the energy crunch, and even if there seems to be one, it's at the cost of ignoring climate degradation.