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October 2011 issue

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Growing up there had been water contamination in the backyard dough out, which killed all of our cows and before long hospitalized me and my three brothers. People came and checked the pipe lines claiming there was no break or compromise in the structure of the pipes. But now till this day I wonder if chemical waste produced from fracking could have seeped up into our fields, into our water. My dad a hero who has been fighting bad corrupt people for 15 years over the fact that his beloved children almost met death because of water contaminated with heavy metal and radioactive substances is still fighting today with me stationed by his side for justice. Many wellheads stationed around the valley are noticeably still running today, pumping something that is not suppose to be there. A humming which can be heard late at night or early in the morning is a prime clue in our suspicion of running pipes underground. Living in our second house away from water contamination, I had also noticed a decline in moose population growing up, when I was younger there was always many moose and deer sighted in the valley as we drove back and fourth to town. I was 5 then but now I am 14 and it is rare to see a moose and deer walking about and I am suspicious that this could be because of water contamination also.
Oil companies may state that there is no way the chemicals could seep up two kilometres or more but I say not if its mainly water based and water is pushing in, water must be pushing out somewhere.
I'm just stating that illegal fracking needs to stop in Alberta it is destroying our once beautiful and free land.

Submitted by Kalie on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It is always disconcerting that profit is able to blind logic. If the risk is there regardless of how remote then what are the consequences of that small risk becoming real? It should not be the likely hood that decides whether to frack or not it should be the worst case scenario. We have no right to risk our water and any other fallout top be realized a century or two or three from now. We should be investing the revenue that goes into cultivating these fuels to create new and harmless ones.Why must we always wait for crisis before we change the way we do things?

Submitted by bruce on Monday, February 15, 2016

I think that fracking is a huge mistake. It is not beneficial for our planet. And
can cause land erosion and earthquakes. Not to mention it is not healthy for the water.
And for what oil is wrecking our ecosystem worth it?

Submitted by Joanne on Monday, January 18, 2016

the in formation I have learned from this website is astounding. but I would like to know what the government is doing to stop this?

Submitted by Tal on Thursday, October 8, 2015

How does Fracking for LNG affect wildlife..?? I am still looking for what studies have been done on this subject.

BUT, with my own personal study down in the fall of 2014, I can tell you the devastating and noticeable affect on the moose population. For 45 yrs, we have been hunting in the SAME AREAS for moose. And in the last three year, LNG fracking in this same area has been steadily increasing. And from what I can tell, the moose population in DECREASING. Now they could be moving out of this area. BUT NEVER EVER have I seen such a decline in moose in this area. We hunt perhaps a 50 mile radius area and there were places where herds of moose have disappeared. I know it is NOT from hunters, wolves nor from ticks.

So, what has changed to have such an devastating effect on the moose population in this area...??

Is it because of the 24/7 Fracking activity...? I have seen for years drilling and logging in this same area AND still there was LOTS of Moose.

So, WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WILD-LIFE (MOOSE) when there is excessive LNG Facking activity...??

Submitted by Bernie on Monday, January 26, 2015

The new fracking gas and oil revolution within the past 8 years is completely different then fracking in the past. Conventional fracking may need to continue as the vast majority of conventional plays are stimulated. This new system, plus other unconventional methods of well stimulations, of combined technology is truly a heavily industrialized process like nothing we have ever seen and a major ecological, health, and environmental concern. Every part of the country deserves an independent review and nationally we need protections. Sound economics as well.

Submitted by jim on Monday, August 25, 2014

The Ostrich
As a species I sometimes wonder if we most resemble the ostrich. If we duck our heads, ignore the problem for long enough, it will just, maybe, hopefully, please, go away. Or perhaps our approach is more like Bill Clinton's solution to gays in the military - don't ask, don't tell! After all, if nobody talks about it, it isn't there, is it?
My brother-in-law, a house painter and his friend, who is working in the Alberta oil patch sum it up this way: "it's been about 150 years since the Industrial Revolution and we've done this much damage to the environment. We might get another 100 years out of it all."
At a church luncheon, a fellow parishioner relates to me his experience of reading about the poisoning of the St Clare River at Sarnia. "I was there the night the company put that stuff in the ground and supposedly sealed it off." There was pain in his eyes and no doubt, in his heart and in his soul. I stated that it was amazing how many people I speak with, ordinary people, blue collar workers, who understand that we are gradually destroying the planet. He casually observed, "there will be a revolution."
It's hardly unlikely that for some inexplicable reason, I am the only guy who has these conversations. It is more likely that most of us see the truth for what it is. We are gradually, speeding up, speeding up, speeding up, destroying the very planet that gives us life. Suicide or madness? Take your pick, I can't figure it out.
I wonder who our political leaders talk to? Do they have these conversations or are they shielded for their own protection? They don't appear to be losing much sleep about it all as the oil companies drill away, as the auto manufacturers continue to turn out the gas combustion engine, as poisons are released into our rivers, lakes, oceans, landfills - anywhere the millions upon millions of barrels of poisonous waste can be hidden for awhile. Long enough, they hope, to finish making the money, packing up and leaving the deadly stuff behind. Perhaps, like Chernoble, the animals will have another paradise, free of humans, in a future that may be as inevitable as the prediction of my house painter friend - a hundred years or so.
Is it possible to change a future that is rushing towards us virtually unhindered except for sporadic demonstrations and vocal minorities who are often perceived as "radical", "inhibiting progress", "tree-huggers", "terrorists", "trouble - makers", etc? Most days are like today - I simply have no idea whether we have the rational or empathetic ability to slow down, stop and possibly reverse the race to the "end of the human race."
Joe Wiseman

Submitted by Joe on Monday, August 25, 2014

What you are all failing to see is that fracking supplies natural gas which heats your homes, and without it, you wouldn't have your phones, televisions, clothes, or the computers that you're using to bash the fracking industry. Fracking creates jobs, as well as all of the nice "things" that we ALL own. Yes there are other alternative energies but more and more they are found to be just as bad if not worse health wise for humans as well as animals than fracking. Wind mills are being studied and are being found to be more and more fatal to humans, and are causing internal illnesses. Solar energy seems like a 100% guaranteed answer but then again, it doesn't even begin to compare with the amount of energy created by natural gas. We have nuclear power but that is still being brutally studied and is once again, disliked by a large population. It's so easy to bash and judge the oil and fracking industry when you're not completely informed- but you have to realize that if there were alternatives that created the amount of jobs, and created the amount of energy for a reasonable amount of money, that everyone would be ecstatic and it would be out here for us all to take advantage of- but it's not so for now we are, and should be using the most efficient type of energy we can get our hands on. Every energy will have an environmental impact- how do you think the solar panels and wind mills are made?

Submitted by Sam on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fracking is not necessary. The World economy did just fine 10 to 12 years ago. Since than the installation of renewable alternative energy installation outperforms the installation of new fossil fuel energy worldwide and in Countries like China and Germany in a even higher rate.
Also a lot of Countries and even more local areas have banned Fracking or have Moratoriums in place. Here is the List:
If the link doesn't work copy and past into your browser.
There is no regulation and control on this earth which can prevent the pollution of the environment. Hydrologist Jill Wendling did a study on the Liard Hot Springs in Northern BC, Canada to find out from where the water in the Hot Springs originates. It is surface water that penetrates to a depths of 3400 meters and get's heated to a 120 degrees Celsius and comes back to the surface in the Springs. He could not believe this first then they tested again with nuclides. The same result. He changed his thinking about subsurface strata drastically. So far every where the theory was that there can't be a connection that deep down.
The connections of different stratas will be even more active when fracking is involved because natural fractures will be widened and more active.

Submitted by Werner on Friday, May 2, 2014

If fracking is necessary then we should make every effort to make sure that it does not affect our water... pretty straightforward. From all of the evidence I have seen this is not the case. I would have thought Alberta was better with government than the USA. I am thinking it is not. The only reason we have not seen cases like this in Pennsylvania is because of where this fracking is happening... out of sight out of mind.

Submitted by Ryan Scheideman on Monday, March 24, 2014

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