LTE Joe Hueglin on the Perils of Fracking in Canada & Harper Government Deal with Japan September 23, 2013

LTEDear Editor
According to Japanese newspapers a “shale gas deal” may well be agreed to in Ottawa Tuesday,  September 22th. In it “Canada’s envisioned shale gas exports are likely to total 40 million tons a year.” (1)

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.

Yours truly
Joe Hueglin
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(1) Japan, Canada close to deal on shale gas export boost

      Abe, Harper to agree on shale gas deal

(2)Shale gas Natural Resources Canada

(3) Hydraulic fracturing – Issues and impacts

        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 –
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 thefrackingearthquake connection. In this case, it’s not 
        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 

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 fracking spills 
        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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1 Comment

  1. Let’s hope that our next prime minister and government will be more concerned about long term environmental issues rather than the fast approaching second coming of Christ. We have some serious nut-bars who will be running the show for at least another two years.

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