Guess Who’s Invited to Town?

Get to know the company our government has invited to our fair province.

swn_nbOur government has leased 2.5 million acres of New Brunswick land to SWN Resources Inc.(a subsidiary of Southwestern Energy) for shale gas exploration and development. SWN operates in Arkansas, Texas,
Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Colorado, in addition to New Brunswick. Their NB lease lies largely through central and southern part of the province (see map).

A former oil and gas driller who has worked in fields throughout Canada and the US, has compiled a list of violations, fines, contamination reports, accidents and lawsuits that SWN has been named in – all found online. Yet the company claims they have a safe track record. Can all these incidents be false or coincidence?

Does our government really believe rules and regulations will make a difference here in New Brunswick?

Note:  “SEECO” is SWN’s drilling division, and DeSoto Gathering Company is their pipeline division.

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The Quick Facts on Fracking

New Brunswick author, Carla Gunn, has compiled an informative list of her own fracking research:

To summarize, she says, concerns with fracking are multiple and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. air pollution from multiple sources
  2. water contamination
  3. noise pollution and the impact on psychological and physical health
  4. the vast amount of water used in fracking and permanently removed from the planet’s water cycle
  5. the question of whether waste water can be safely treated in the quantities required
  6. not all the chemicals/ waste water is recovered (flowback) after the fracking process – where do contaminants eventually end up?
  7. the safe transport of this waste to facilities (i.e, potential for spills)
  8. the industrialization of our rural areas and impact on agriculture
  9. the fact that this quest for shale gas is yet another focus on fossil fuels at a time when we should be desperately trying to develop cleaner sources of energy
  10. the carbon impact of shale gas extraction (bigger carbon footprint than coal)
  11. serious questions about whether the NB government has the resources, personnel, and expertise to monitor all of these activities
  12. the integrity of the well sites; i.e., how secure are they 20, 50,100 years from now?