About Fracking

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.


Online Documents and Studies:


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)


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.