July 26, 2016 by vancouvereastgreens
With the methane leaks in drilling for it, the power needed to liquefy it and the carbon emissions from burning it, natural gas is a disaster for the climate. BC needs to ban fracking and reject LNG exports now.
A controversial and destructive way of extracting natural gas, hydraulic fracturing, known as ‘fracking’, is threatening Canada’s fresh water and wilderness areas. Fracking is now a standard extraction process used by gas companies to exploit gas deposits trapped below the ground. Canada’s remaining gas reserves are trapped in hard shale rock formations, and are difficult to access.
The process of fracking injects vast amounts of freshwater combined with hazardous chemicals like benzene along with sand into drill sites to break up hard shale formations and release the trapped gas. Fracking also causes large amounts of methane to escape into the atmosphere, which has a serious impact on our climate.
Thousands of gallons of toxic wastewater will be dumped into underground aquifers, posing a serious threat to freshwater. The area’s remaining wilderness areas will be eaten away by clear cuts, road access, pipelines and transmission lines: impacting wildlife corridors, critical habitat and degrading ecosystem integrity.