Our anti-fracking station at September's Car Free Fest via OurStreet in London, ON, was a success! It was great to share information and have productive conversations - local Londerns even helped to make large water themed collages to celebrate H20! To follow up, we are hosting an upcoming anti-fracking workshop on this Wednesday Oct 19th. Please make an appearance at 6pm to attend an orientation and discussion of the dangers of hydraulic fracturing i.e. "fracking". It will occur in the open community of the East Village Arts Co-Op space in London, ON at 757 Dundas St. E. We can't let profit frack around Southern Ontario and the Great Lakes now can we!? Look forward to seeing your caring and questioning faces and concerns in action.
What is fracking?
NOT A "NATURAL ENERGY DRILLING TECHNIQUE" - THAT'S WHAT!
“As conventional natural gas supplies diminish, energy corporations are looking for new ways to get at trapped reserves. Hydraulic fracturing – more commonly known as ‘fracking’ – is a process where sand, water and chemicals are blasted into rock formations such as shale, coal beds and ‘tight’ sands to gain access to trapped natural gas deposits. This injection process creates cracks in the rock formations and allows the gas to flow up the well.” This shale gas extraction is a problem because of “its high carbon emissions, its high water use, and the dangers it poses to polluting groundwater and local drinking water. People living in communities where fracking projects are underway have reported water pollution, ‘burning water,’ where water from household taps catches fire due to residual methane gas from fracking operations, and health concerns.”- The Council of Canadians
What is wrong with fracking?
Tap water for drinking is ignited in a residential home as a result of hydro fracking (above) as depicted in the 2010 award winning documentary on fracking the U.S. called Gasland by American filmmaker Josh Fox.
IT IS A HEALTH AND CANCEROUS HAZARD!
Water contamination threats- Wasted water supplies- Methane greenhouse gas releases- Wasted energy supplies (used in fracking)- Air pollution- Possible radon contamination in extracted shale gas- Deforestation- Increased truck traffic- Explosion and earthquake risks- Monitoring it would be expensive and inadequate- Industrialization of rural areas- These impacts will cross property lines- Losing opportunities to invest in alternatives
For more information, see http://stopfrackingontario.wordpress.com/