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:
- air pollution from multiple sources
- water contamination
- noise pollution and the impact on psychological and physical health
- the vast amount of water used in fracking and permanently removed from the planet’s water cycle
- the question of whether waste water can be safely treated in the quantities required
- not all the chemicals/ waste water is recovered (flowback) after the fracking process – where do contaminants eventually end up?
- the safe transport of this waste to facilities (i.e, potential for spills)
- the industrialization of our rural areas and impact on agriculture
- 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
- the carbon impact of shale gas extraction (bigger carbon footprint than coal)
- serious questions about whether the NB government has the resources, personnel, and expertise to monitor all of these activities
- the integrity of the well sites; i.e., how secure are they 20, 50,100 years from now?