Is Fracking worth the risk?

May 15, 2017 – FOCA wrote to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, to ask for clarity in the Bill’s language that may have otherwise opened the door to hydraulic fracturing in Ontario. See the letter.

February 1, 2017 – Impacts of fracking fluid spills on freshwater fish (Water Canada)

November 17, 2016 – Fracking is causing tremors in Alberta that can last for months  (Toronto Star)
Dr David Eaton is a University of Calgary geoscientist interested in the impact of human industrial activities on geological phenomena. His research focuses on understanding seismic events that are stimulated by hydraulic fracturing. 

January 7, 2016 – 2015 EPA report that fracking causes no widespread harm to drinking water is coming under fire.  “Major findings are ambiguous or are inconsistent with the observations/data presented in the body of the report,” the 31 scientists on the panel said in December, in a response to the study. Read the full article here.

October 14, 2015 – Physicians for Social Responsibility, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization of physicians, nurses, and other public health professionals, joined with Concerned Health Professionals of New York to send letters with the report to President Obama and the Surgeon General, and the governors of Pennsylvania and Maryland, highlighting the significant health risks and calling for a moratorium on fracking.

December 15, 2014 – The environmental review board in Quebec this week concluded that there are too many potential negative consequences to the environment and to society from extracting natural gas from shale rock (aka fracking) near the St. Lawrence River.

It is unclear how the government will respond to the report or if it will extend a moratorium on shale gas exploration that has been in place since 2011.

Read more:
On the Quebec decision:

Montreal Gazette: Shale gas not worth the risk

Globe and Mail: BAPE says Shale Gas not advantageous for Quebec

Les Ami(e)s du Richelieu (Friends of the Richelieu River)  Shale gas has no benefits for Quebec says the BAPE 

From the Shale Energy Insider

Other fracking news, background:

In Ontario, all oil and gas activities, including hydraulic fracturing, are regulated by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Ontario Energy Board (OEB). The MNR regulates the permitting, construction, and inspection of natural gas wells. The OEB controls natural gas production, and price setting.

May 26, 2015 – Some activists unhappy with Nfld. fracking review panel (CBC News)

May 7, 2015 – Bill 82, An Act to amend the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act to prohibit hydraulic fracturing and related activities received second reading, and referred to Standing Committee

April 13, 2015 – No applications, No decisions on hydraulic fracturing in Ontario  (Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry Press Release)

April 7, 2015 – US EPA proposes standards for fracking wastewaters being discharged to public wastewater treatment plants

January 29, 2015 – Alberta regulator says drilling likely triggered 4.4 temor (TheTyee.ca)

April 23, 2015 Oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S. (AP)

December 2014 – New York State bans hydraulic fracturing because of concerns over health risks,

US EPA

Fracking for Shale Gas Brings Wastewater Questions (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Management in the Great Lakes Basin (Case Western Reserve Law Review)

August 2013 – Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Review

Alberta Energy Regulator

What is fracking? Video guide to how hydraulic fracturing works (The Telegraph)

Breaking fuel from the rock (National Geographic)

Council of Canadians

Pennsylvannia Supreme Court upholds limits to shale drilling

Hydraulic Fracturing 101 (Earthworks)

November 2012 – Ontario Not Ready to allow Fracking (CP)

Terry ReesIs Fracking worth the risk?