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Maritime communities rally against shale gas fracking
Fears of water contamination and environmental damage are fuelling backlash against a controversial gas-drilling method in the Maritimes.
Energy companies in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to access natural gas deposits deep underground. The process involves drilling wells through shale and then blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the rock. The resulting pressure fractures the formations, releasing the trapped gas.
Critics say fracking damages the soil, potentially causing small earthquakes. Many also fear the chemicals used in the process will poison drinking water. That some New Brunswick residents living near fracking sites have been able to light their tap water on fire hasn't helped.
essica Ernst is a biologist who worked as an environmental consultant to the oil and gas industry. For the last 10 years she's been fighting a legal battle over her own water supply. She's launched a 33 million dollar lawsuit naming the gas company Encana, the Alberta government and the province's energy regulator. She claims that hydraulic fracking near her home in Rosebud contaminated her water and she's in the province sharing her experience.
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Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by AzureSky
I have familiy in NB and never heard of this at all.
Do you know how often you can feel the quakes?