Please join us for a rally about threats from fracking in the London, Ontario area.
We will start to gather at 5:30pm, and community statements will start at 6pm. This rally will be at city hall (300 Dufferin st.) on Monday, May 30th.
Fracking is a toxic, dangerous, and wasteful form of natural gas extraction that we may see around London, Ontario. The water pollution is the worst of the fracking impacts. Tap water has become flammable after fracking is done to break gas out of nearby shale rock. A stew of toxic chemicals is pumped into each gas well, and radium is one of many underground substances that can be unintentionally released during this extraction.
In spite of all of those dangers, there are plans for shale gas exploration around London –
In addition to water contamination, we also should be concerned about explosion risks, air pollution, water depletion, methane greenhouse gas releases, earthquakes, increased truck traffic, and deforestation.
These pages give background about shale fracking, as well as industry preparations to bring this drilling technique to southwestern Ontario and the Great Lakes –
If you are worried about all of these threats from fracking, please come out to this rally to show your concern, and learn more about what we are up against. At the rally we will hear from people in the area who want to speak about these issues. These community statements will begin at 6pm sharp.
Some Londoners have started to talk about a campaign for a ban on fracking around this municipality, but some of you understandably won’t have such strong objections at this point. These issues are somewhat new to all of us, and if you’re interested in learning more, that’s a good start.
This London rally also is being arranged in solidarity with others who are fighting fracking elsewhere in this region of North America.
Even if there were no fracking in London or directly beside London, the water supplies for the city still are threatened by plans for this shale extraction around Lake Erie and Lake Huron.
In Ontario, tens of thousands of acres of land already have been purchased by a Calgary company that is looking to start fracking in Lambton and Chatham-Kent, directly beside Walpole Island. Shale extraction also might be done at Kettle Point, or elsewhere along the Great Lakes.
In the U.S., fracking is being challenged in Ohio, Michigan, and in other states that share the Great Lakes with us.
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[Rally poster – https://stopfrackingontario.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/london1a.pdf]