People across Canada are being forced to stand up to “Big Oil and Gas” whose fracking operations are threatening their drinking water. Alberta farmers who live near fracking drill sites can light their tap water on fire because it's so contaminated with methane. The Fort Nelson First Nation in northeastern B.C. is experiencing earthquakes linked to the injection of fracking wastewater. People in Ontario are raising concerns over fracking around the Great Lakes. And across Atlantic Canada people are taking to the streets to protect their communities from the controversial industry.
Fracking - also known as hydraulic fracturing - is a process used to extract natural gas or oil trapped in shale rock and coal beds. And it's one of the biggest threats to clean water today. Oil and gas companies blast apart underground rock formations using pressurized water, sand and a mix of toxic chemicals that they are not legally required to disclose, despite the fact that some have been known to cause cancer and damage internal organs.
Millions of litres of water are extracted every day from community watersheds across Canada to fuel this booming industry. There is currently no federal oversight to keep the industry in check, or to protect the health of people and our drinking water. It’s time the Canadian government puts a ban on fracking.
Dear Members of Parliament,
In order to uphold Canada’s international obligation to protect the human right to water and sanitation, I urge you to place a ban on future fracking.
Fracking uses millions of litres of water and has the potential to contaminate drinking water with methane and toxic chemicals. Safely disposing of fracking wastewater is incredibly difficult and the injection of fracking wastewater into the ground has been linked to earthquakes.
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Fracking is one of the biggest threats to water of our time. I urge you to ban future fracking to protect communities’ drinking water.
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