The Council of Canadians is calling on the Ontario government to ban fracking in the province before there are further studies on the impacts.
Fracking is a technique which involves injecting sand, water, and chemicals at a high pressure into rock formations to fracture them and extract natural gas. Council’s Emma Lui says this could have serious long term effect on water resources.
Lui says there is not a safe way to dispose the wastewater and sometimes it is injected back into the ground which has been linked to earthquakes in British Columbia. The call to ban fracking was brought on by news that the Ontario Geological Survey is taking drilling samples from 11 Southern Ontario communities, including Chatham.