Our Position

NOFRAC’s position is:¬†

The extraction of shale gas and other hydrocarbons held in dense rock formations currently requires modern hydraulic fracturing techniques, including the combination of toxic chemical slickwater, high pressure fracturing and horizontal drilling, as well as other hazardous production procedures. The development of shale gas, including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing, has demonstrated risks of serious harm to our environment, to our health and to our rural quality of life and should not be carried out in Nova Scotia.

These risks, most of which are serious, long term and irreversible, include:

–Risks to drinking water, including the use and contamination of huge volumes of water with toxic chemicals, and risk of well contamination from methane and other substances.

— Risks of contamination of streams and rivers and soil from fracking fluids and fracking waste through accidents, extreme weather, or poor practices.

–Risks to human health from exposure to airborne toxins at multiple stages of production, exposure to toxic waste, and exposure to toxins through drinking water or soil.

–Risks from the generation of toxic waste in immense quantities for which there is no known safe method of disposal.

–Risks from the industrialization of rural areas, including the destruction of landscapes and ecosystems, decline of tourism, decline of property values, stresses on existing infrastructure from massive equipment, even risks of small earthquakes, as well as an overall decline in quality of life.

Shale gas is not a climate change solution, and will not help Nova Scotia achieve its praiseworthy climate goals for 2020.

Given the overall risk of serious, long-term, irreversible damage to the environment and to human health, and

Given the lack of extensive peer-reviewed, independent scientific research analyzing the immediate and potential long-term and cumulative impacts and risks of shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing, and

Given that, of the existing peer-reviewed papers, most indicate cause for grave concern,

NOFRAC believes that Nova Scotia should ban the development of shale gas and hydraulic fracturing, or, at the very least, enact a moratorium on shale gas development and hydraulic fracturing for hydrocarbons for a minimum of 10 years.

October 2011

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