"Reporting out on this activity does not address concerns about the massive amounts of fresh water the industry uses to fracture BC's shale beds, nor does it protect the public from the toxic chemicals the industry mixes with this water to get access to BC's natural gas resource," said Simpson. "Online transparency does not halt the huge amount of fresh water that is being turned into a toxic soup and forever removed from the water cycle in order to produce natural gas, a process that has been shown to be dirtier than coal."
Early this year a coalition of citizen groups, First Nations, and the Northern Health Authority called on the provincial government to examine the serious health and safety concerns associated with oil and gas development in the Peace region. With support by Peace River North MLA Blair Lekstrom, the Premier committed a public inquiry to investigate these concerns.
Simpson is still calling on the Premier to convene a Special Committee of the Legislature to conduct a comprehensive inquiry to fully examine the economic, environmental and health and safety implications of unconventional gas extraction before further expansion is encouraged.
Thursday Premier Clark announced that starting in January, British Columbians will be able to search locations and details about hydraulic fracturing activities on an online database.
Currently, the industry is required to maintain records of what is used when fracking and provide them to the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission if requested.
The database will list locations where fracking is taking place, as well as details about the practices and additives used in the process.