Fracking

Texas Oil Impacting the Oil Sands

The recent discovery of another source of oil in Texas has sparked the conversation about the increased need for pipelines in Canada. The new Texas formation, known as the Wolfcamp formation, contains an estimated 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. While this is not expected to have a huge effect on oil prices, it is still noteworthy for the Albertan and Canadian government.

Up Contamination Creek: Landslides and Heavy Metal Contamination in British Columbia

The town of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern British Columbia, has been experiencing continuous landslides and heavy metal contamination in Brenot Creek, their only source of drinking water, and residents believe nearby fracking operations are to blame (CBC News 2015). The creek has provided farmers and ranchers with drinking water for generations, as well as water for crops and cattle. Now no drinking water can be drawn from the creek, no fish can survive in it and children can no longer play in it.

UK Government Makes a Quick Lane Change in the Fracking Agenda

Shocker alert: the British government, specifically the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has gone back on their word and opened up previously protected sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) to fracking operations (without consultation of concerned citizens, may I add).  Editor of the Guardian’s environmental site, Adam Vaughan, wrote Government makes ‘outrageous’ U-turn over fracking in precious wildlife sites highlighting this decision by the government.

What the Frack?

     Fracking in upstate NY is a topic everyone should be educated on and concerned about. Fracking can affect the quality of life people currently thrive on in New York. From the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil we walk on, the land we farm on, and the beautiful lakes we all enjoy to swim in, all are at risk with process of fracking.