Coalbed methane (CBM) is a non-renewable fossil fuel that is being developed in Nova Scotia as a source of natural gas. Coal bed methane extraction can cause severe consequences to the environment and public health.
CBM brings unacceptable risks to drinking water, clean air, biodiversity and healthy vibrant communities. The Ecology Action Centre works to ensure that communities have the right to limit, regulate or ban industrial activities that negatively impact health and the environment and that these rights should never be compromised. Compared to development opportunities in wind, solar, geothermal and other renewables, development of CBM does not bring us closer to reaching our goals for greenhouse gas emissions or our renewable energy targets. Every decision we make around energy production should be a decision to help mitigate climate change.
Through this report, we offer information on the potential environmental impacts of CBM, information about activities near Stellarton, Nova Scotia, and further educational resources on CBM. We also offer examples of communities and people standing up for their rights to clean air and water in Australia, Wyoming and Alberta – areas where CBM is active.