Anyone reading “Shale gas in Canada”,(2) the Harper Government.s presentation of information on the subject of hydraulic fracturing, would read no expression of concern about the process.but that “macroeconomic benefits including improved employment, investment, tax revenues and trade balances, with a reduced dependence on imported energy” will be the result.
Noted as well is that “shale gas development is a relatively mature industry in the United States (with more than 40 000 producing wells), shale gas is still in its nascent stages in Canada.”
Unmentioned are problems that have arisen, two being earthquakes in regions that never prior to fracking experienced them and the effects on regional water supplies in quality and quantity.(3)
The benefits, “improved employment, investment, tax revenues and trade balances” will be lauded when the deal is made public. Unfortunately the risk side will not be stated by the Government but hopefully will be by the media.
www.japantimes.co.jp Abe, Harper to agree on shale gas deal
(3) Hydraulic fracturing – Issues and impacts
(3.1) EARTHQUAKE DATA
GS Study Connects Earthquake Risk To Wastewater Injection …
19 Jul 2013 … A new study out in Science by US Geological Survey scientist William Ellsworth links earthquakes to wastewater injection sites.
More Fracking Headaches As Earthquake Evidence Grows …
5 Sep 2013 … Two new studies and a lawsuit indicate more links between fracking and earthquakes.
Fracking blamed for over 100 earthquakes in Ohio – Salon.com
20 Aug 2013 … Fracking blamed for over 100 earthquakes in Ohio. Youngstown went from no fault-line activity to an “earthquake swarm” in the course of a year.
Fracking practices to blame for Ohio earthquakes – NBC News
4 Sep 2013 … Fracking. USGS. This map shows the intensity of shaking in the area of a magnitude-3.9 earthquakethat struck near Youngstown, Ohio, on Dec …
Here Are 2 Ways We Now Know the Fracking Boom Is Causing …
27 Aug 2013 … A new paper, by a team from the University of Texas, however, adds a new wrinkle to thefracking–earthquake
Texas Earthquakes Tied to Extraction in Fracking – Bloomberg
27 Aug 2013 … Production is up as drillers use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, … Scientists have linked Oklahoma’s biggest recorded earthquake to the …
(3.2) REGIONAL WATER SUPPLIES
Fracking’s Biggest Problem May Be What to Do with Wastewater …
22 Jun 2012 … Now the sustainability think tank Pacific Institute, in a report released on June 21 on water issues offracking, says fracking’s water woes aren’t …
In flood-struck Colorado, concerns about fracking spills | Reuters
4 days ago … NEW YORK (Reuters) – Contaminated water spilling from flooded oil and gas drilling … In flood-struck Colorado, concerns about frack
30 Texas Towns Will Be Out of Water, Because: Fracking …
18 Aug 2013 … This is not just a Texas political issue as much as people like to bash Texans. Colorado has the same ground water issues with fracking.
BBC News – Fracking: Water concerns persist?
16 Aug 2013 … As anti-fracking protesters gather in West Sussex, scientists in the US have again raised questions about the impact of the technique on …
Dangers of Fracking
The water brought in is mixed with sand and chemicals to create fracking fluid. Approximately 40,000 gallons of chemicals are used per fracturing.
Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack …
The massive water requirements for fracking and the potential conflicts with other water … Among the most commonly cited were
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