fracking

Serious concerns are being raised about the effects of hydraulic fracturing — more commonly known as “fracking” — on water, the climate, wildlife and people’s health. Fracking projects commonly use millions of litres of water and tens of thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals that are injected into the ground at high pressure to extract natural gas from shale rock formations.

Widespread opposition, evidence of water contamination, and the need to more fully understand the serious consequences of fracking, has already led to a number of places such as Quebec and France instituting a moratorium and banning the practice, respectively.

There are clear federal government responsibilities associated with fracking concerning the regulation of air emissions, the Canada Water Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Fisheries Act.

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