|Fracking is a burgeoning technology being used to extract natural gas locked |
within rock formations. Fluid is pumped into natural or man made fractures
under high pressure to open up cracks and access hard to reach reservoirs.
Critics are calling for a moratorium on fracking, saying it poses serious health
risks to nearby residents, damages the environment and could even cause
small earthquakes. Supporters say those claims are overblown, and fracking is
essential to Alberta's natural gas industry. Is fracking dangerous? Is it critical
to our economic future? How should Alberta proceed? Joining us for this
discussion is Jessica Ernst, Rosebud resident and former energy sector
consultant is now suing Encana; Tim Marchant, Adjunct Professor of Strategy
and Energy Geopolitics at the University of Calgary; and Ben Parfitt, Resource
Policy Analyst with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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(l.) Once quite farmland, turned into a "fracking"
site in the US.
"Although no complete list of
the cocktail of chemicals used
in this process exists, information
obtained from environmental
clean-up sites demonstrates that
known toxins are routinely being used, including hydrochloric acid,
diesel fuel (which contains benzene, tuolene, and xylene) as well as
formaldehyde, polyacrylimides, arsenic, and chromates." Sourcewatch.org
COMMENT: "I wish, just once, these corporations would admit to what they are doing, instead of always denying the obvious." Margaret Romak