Fracking is making headlines around Canada and the world.
The reason for the uproar has to do with the ‘new form’ of fracking which uses much more water than the previous method, leading to fracking wastewater concerns.
The theory is that fracking has the potential to cause earthquakes and to ruin water wells/aquifers; this, in addition to its copious water usage and wastewater (causing surface or downhole contamination) is causing public health and safety concerns.
The situation has become political and environmental, and as such, several Canadian provinces have put a freeze on fracking activities. Now Canada’s largest energy union Unifor has called for a Canada-wide moratorium on all new oil and gas fracking.
The fallout from the environmental and political pressure may come down hard on Canada’s energy industry.
Fracking (which has been around for many years) is the process of mixing water with sand and chemicals and injecting it at high pressure into a wellbore to create small fractures so that oil and natural gas can efficiently migrate into a well.
Click this link to read the full Unifor statement.