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October 2011 issue





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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. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/getting-hosed-by-the-canadian-discount/article8754199/?service=mobile

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
Citizen

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:
http://keeptapwatersafe.org/global-bans-on-fracking/
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.
BAN FRACKING WORLD WIDE.

Submitted by Werner on Friday, May 02, 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


We have had 6 wells drilled with diesel invert and fractured with synthetic (and carcinogenic) frac oil around our home it has been devastating for us. Our air quality has suffered immensely from flaring, incineration, emissions and continually venting, of sour gases no less. Our peacefulness shattered by constant noise pollution from traffic and compressors. Our land is surrounded by contaminated waste, our views, which used to be inspiring are now depressing.
Our water is being tested for contamination by Alberta Environment and we will never feel our fresh water is secure again. The Regulator here is laughable, I would argue corrupt. The lies industry gets away with for approvals of this activity are criminal. Do all you can to support renewable, clean energy, before this becomes everyones normal. Hydraulic fracturing is incredibly harmful to environmental and public health and should not be allowed to continue.

Submitted by Diana on Friday, February 07, 2014


Dont frack with our childrens future. we must preserve our land and precious resources who do you people think you are fracking, wreaking havoc and damage to our earth, this is our earth not just yours we dont want to harm our enviorment our own health or pollute and poison our childrens future, this needs to stop. we're a society not an economy

Submitted by lauralie on Friday, January 24, 2014


How can we trust what the oil and gas industry says or even the Harper government? Scientists have been muzzled or fired when their findings do not suit the goverment. There is enough concern that has been put forward in the public such that we need a thorough and UNBIASED research. People come before profit.

Submitted by Heather on Monday, January 13, 2014


Oil industry are polluting air and water and leave a huge footprint on Canadian wilderness, fracking lies need to stop, fracking is the way to the future for a cheaper and greener energy. Let's ban oil instead and see who's right and who's wrong

Submitted by Izzy on Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Reading this has bothered me. Where do we draw the line for financial gain? At what cost do the future generations need to pay for our ignorance. At some point we need to stand up and take accountability for the damage our generations and those before us have done to our planet. We need to make a stand before its too late

Submitted by sammi on Friday, December 13, 2013





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