Regional council says there is too much misinformation being presented as fact with regards to fracking, while “scientifically proven and quantifiable data” has ensured industry accountability.
The letter sent to council says “the short term dollar gain by unconventional natural gas drilling/extraction methods cannot justify the contamination of our limited drinking water sources here in B.C.”
The letter makes note of cement casing failures, the saturation of salts and sodium in water as a result of dumping coal bed methane wells, the potential of hauling truck spills, and growing peer-reviewed scientific evidence of the harmful effects of shale gas development.
The municipality says natural development and exploration from unconventional sources is the primary economic driver for the community since their local forestry mills closed in 2008. They also say local natural gas industry is “heavily dependent” on hydraulic fracturing to develop the shale gas deposits in the Horn River, Cordova, Liard and Montney shale basins.
The ministry attributes the rise in shale gas production to the “dramatic shift” in gas supply, resulting in the decline of North American gas prices.
They also anticipate natural gas to be the only fossil fuel that will increase in global energy consumption over the next decade, and is generally the cleanest with the smallest greenhouse gas footprint.
The gas that is produced in the region will also be used to supply the proposed LNG plants, pipeline and terminals, which they say will in turn create jobs and revenues across the province.