Shale in Ontario

[please note: this page needs to be updated!]

This map of shale deposits is from the Ministry of Natural Resources.  The map was highlighted in a 2010-2011 report from the Ontario Environmental Commissioner -

At least two companies currently are preparing to frack around Ontario.  Separate pages on this web site highlight Mooncor and Eurogas assets and plans.  These companies also use the names DRGN Resources and Dundee Energy Limited Partnership, respectively.

Companies currently are arranging for shale gas pipeline and petro-chemical processing projects in Ontario.  Some of this gas would come from fracking in neighbouring U.S. states. Companies with facilities in Sarnia-Lambton’s Chemical Valley are seeking out shale gas from the northern U.S.  Will this shale gas come directly from Ontario in the future?

Preparing for extraction in Ontario

This map shows at least some of the 2011 assets of Eurogas corporation -

That map shows the company operating around the Long Point biosphere reserve.

The following map shows lands that Mooncor has targetted for exploration in southwestern Ontario -


Three Great Lakes are threatened by those plans.  Much of Lake Erie has the Marcellus Shale under it, and any fracking near the shores of the Great Lakes could be devastating — for drinking water, and the lake environment in general.  A Marcellus shale map is shown below.

The map for shale exploration in southwestern Ontario also shows threats to the following native territories, which are being targeted: Bkejwanong (AKA Walpole Island), Aamjiwnaang, Kettle Point, Caldwell, the Moravian of the Thames reserve, the Oneida Nation of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware, and the reserve for the Chippewas of the Thames.

The area shown in the above exploration map includes some of the Oak Ridges Moraine area, to the north of Lake Ontario.  Environmentalists already have campaigned to defend that area from other industries.

The Niagara Escarpment biosphere reserve also is being targeted for exploration, and that biosphere only is partially protected from extraction.

It seems that Mooncor plans to begin these operations in Lambton and Chatham-Kent, beside Bkejwanong / Walpole Island).  (Perhaps Mooncor will be waiting to see what responses they receive in Ontario, while they raise funds to expand their operations across the province?)

This map gives at least a rough idea of where the Marcellus shale crosses into Ontario — mainly under Lake Erie -

Ontario also has Antrim shale and Utica shale, elsewhere in the province.

There seem to be three major zones of shale gas sources in Ontario -

There is more information about Ontario shale geology in a 2009 document titled “Shale Gas Opportunities in Southern Ontario – an Update

6 Responses to Shale in Ontario

  1. Keith Martin says:

    Should start Fu Drilling and start fracking on encana directors backyards see what they think when its backyard.

  2. Eric Norton says:

    Hydraulic Fracturing is the quickest way to kill Canadians. It uses trillions of gallons of fresh water to drill, poisons our drinking water and sends more toxic fumes into our air than all of our cars combined. We are in big trouble.

  3. Anishinabek Nation stated “No” Fracking in Anishinabek Nation as the Traditional Governance resided through the territory. Chippewa of the Thames helped moved, but Aamjiwnaang Chief left the motion to catch a boat.. If not, those Leaders are not the right Leaders.

  4. Peter Carpenko says:

    Have we not seen and learned enough from the devistation in the USA. See Fracking 2. The power and influence of gas corporations will continue if people dont wake up to the threat.

  5. Michelle Tucker says:

    I am greatly disturbed about future fracking in Ontario or near any of the Great Lakes if our Great Lakes become contaminated it could mean death for people & wildlife.

  6. Barry says:

    Our drinking water for the future is at stake. With the chemicals used as well as the amount of water for fracking, we know exactly where these companies with get the water from. The great lakes. We need to apply pressure on the Ontario Government to stop this aggressive behavior. Because we have a majority government, I do believe they can pass laws to prohibit this infraction on our environment.

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