Don’t frack Ontario! The Council of Canadians
On May 17, the Wynne Liberals passed Bill 127, which included an amendment to the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act for “projects that involve the injection of substances into underground geological formations.”
Without naming it, that literally describes the process of fracking. Oil and gas companies draw enormous volumes of water from local watersheds, mix in toxic chemicals, and then high-pressure inject it deep underground to fracture rock to release trapped natural gas.
You may have seen news reports of how fracking has contaminated the drinking water of area residents, in some cases coming out of the tap with so much methane that it can be lit on fire. And now a new expert study directly links fracking to earthquakes happening in B.C. and beyond.
But the Wynne government is choosing to ignore this evidence. It also ignored the advice of Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe,
who noted in a May 11 letter before the vote on Bill 127:
“If the government does not intend these changes to apply to high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the easiest way to avoid mis-interpretation would be to expressly provide that this permitting authority does not apply to fracking.”
You and I can’t let the province do this, especially after just last week failing to protect our community water supplies from giant bottling companies like Nestlé.
Please add your name to the more than 3,000 people who have already called on Premier Wynne to ban fracking.
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