Residents in areas targeted for the extraction of fossil fuels should be researching the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on their communities. We need to be educated and aware.
Landowners in targeted areas are particularly vulnerable. “When the Landman Comes Calling – Don’t Sign Anything” is a free guide for landowners, to prepare them for dealing with land agents. As well, a number of New Brunswick landowners are banding together to create a bargaining group. Contact CAEPLA – the Canadian Association for Energy and Pipeline Landowners’ Association (http://www.landownerassociation.ca) or the NB Landowners Assoc. Facebook page to connect with others in your area.
- This is a series of health-related videos (created by the PSE – Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy) on the potential effects of shale gas extraction on health. Topics include childhood development, animal health, endocrine disruption, chemical exposure and more.
- Shattered Ground: A Nature of Things Documentary with David Suzuki
- Untested Science – a Global Documentary on Alberta/BC developments
- Unearthed: The Fracking Facade – award-winning documentary on the impacts of fracking. Part of the research was done in Albert Co.
- Fracking Contamination Will Only Get Worse – (5:32 Min. by BNN, January 13, 2013, Bell Media) Karlis Muehlenbachs, Geochemist & Professor, University of Alberta says 8-10% of BC wells leak, 10% have had problems from the start and 60% will leak within 15-20 years. Read The Tyee interview with Dr. Muehlenbachs.
- Be…Without Water: The Penobsquis Story (Part I) Learn about why the people in Penobsquis lost their water and what happened next.
- Be…Without Water: The Sequel (Part II)
- Burning Water – 2010 CBC Passionate Eye documentary on water well contamination near Rosebud, AB. One woman’s fight against industry and gov’t. In particular, this shows how the industry splits towns.
- Dr. Anthony Ingraffea: Myths and Realities of Hydraulic Fracking
Online Documents and Studies:
- How Shale Gas Extraction Affects Drilling Localities: Lessons for Regional and City Policy Makers – this Cornell University study, released in 2012, speaks to the reality of jobs and economies in shale gas development areas.
- Chief Medical Officer of Health’s Recommendations on Shale Gas Development – Dr. Eilish Cleary’s (Chief Medical Officer of New Brunswick’s Public Health) independent study
- Toxic & Dirty Secrets: The Truth about Fracking – A white paper produced by the Centre for Environmental Health, which studies the effects of toxic chemicals that impact health.
- Drill Baby Drill – J. David Hughes, a geoscientist who has studied the energy resources of Canada for nearly four decades, including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager researches the promises of the fossil fuel industry.
- Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health – Documentation of
cases in six states strongly implicates exposure to gas drilling operations in
serious health effects on humans, companion animals, livestock, horses, and
- Fracking up our Water: A study of BC’s shale gas developments
- Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Infant Health: Evidence from
Pennsylvania (study by Cornell University, Elaine Hill)
- Environmental and Health Impacts of Canada’s Oil Sands Industry – by the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel
- FRACTURE LINES: Will Canada’s Water be Protected in the Rush to Develop Shale Gas? (By Ben Parfitt For the Program on Water Issues Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto)
- Cracks in the Facade – 25 years ago, the EPA linked fracking to water contamination, yet the industry says links have never been proven.(Environmental Working Group)
- Opinion paper from University of New Brunswick professors (This paper specifically addresses some of the geologic concerns in Albert County).
- Responsible Environmental Management for Oil and Gas Activities in NB.- this document outlines GNB’s new updated ‘rules’ (released Feb 2012) regarding oil and gas activities.
- Methane: Good Gas, Bad Gas: (National Geographic)
- The New Oil Landscape (National Geographic)
- Brief Primer on Hydraulic Fracturing and Unconventional Gas Practices by No Frac Nova Scotia
- Fracking, the Environment and Health – New energy practices may threaten public health. (by Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, RN; Nina Kaktins, MSN, RN; and Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN; American Nurses Journal, June 2013)
- Fracking, Shale Gas and Children (Cancer Now, Barb Harris)
- A Fracking Disaster in the Making: BC Report – Blasting shale rock with toxic fluid can release riches in natural gas, but threatens critical water supplies in British Columbia.(The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk)
- North Dakota’s Shale Gas Dark Side (Financial Post, Jennifer Oldham)
- Alberta Voices – a new website to give voice to those whose troubling experiences with hydraulic fracturing may not have not been considered in Alberta’s conversation around this method of energy development.
Activist/Environmentalist Dr. Susan Steingraber wrote a series of articles on shale gas for Orion Magazine:
- The Fracking of Rachel Carson – Fifty years ago a book changed the way we think about nature—or did it? (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
- Sand County, the Sequel – In which the land ethic gets turned on its head.(Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
- When Cowboys Cry – The fossil fuel-based economy is breaking hearts all over the fracking place. (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
- Fracking Democracy – In which you get 120 seconds to say why shale gas should be left in the ground. (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
- The Whole Fracking Enchilada – The latest technique for extracting natural gas trumps every other environmental assault. (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
- Shale Game – Four ways of looking at a natural gas deposit.(Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
- New Brunswick environmental author, Carla Gunn has compiled her own list of research “Fracking in New Brunswick: What we need to know” a valuable list of her own research links.
- http://www.cbc.ca/nb/features/fracturedfuture– easy to understand explanations of hydraulic fracturing (fracking)
- http://www.propublica.org/series/fracking (American articles)
Documentation of cases in six states strongly implicates exposure to gas drilling operations in serious health effects on humans, companion animals, livestock, horses, and wildlife.