Stop Fracking

A controversial and destructive way of extracting natural gas, known as hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, is threatening Canada’s fresh water and wilderness areas. Fracking is an increasingly common extraction process which oil and gas companies are using to exploit difficult to access deposits of natural gas which are trapped in hard shale rock formations.

The process of fracking injects vast amounts of freshwater combined with hazardous chemicals like benzene along with sand into drill sites to break up hard shale formations and release the trapped gas. 

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To learn more about the impacts of fracking in British Columbia, check out this video:

Troubled Waters: BC's Gas Boom from The Wilderness Committee on Vimeo.

Wherever it has been introduced, fracking has left a series of very serious impacts both on the environment and human health. Water pollution, sour gas leaks, habitat fragmentation and declining health are just a few of the consequences communities living near fracking face everyday.

The movie Gasland brought to light many of the frightening aspects of fracking, most specifically the danger it poses to freshwater resources. The haunting image of lighting polluted tap water on fire highlights just how much is a stake.

In northeastern BC, the Horn River Basin and the industry-dubbed Montney Shale play are ‘ground zero’ for fracking expansion.

This area is currently undergoing rampant development, with little regulation and even less public consultation. Vast amounts of freshwater are siphoned out of the Williston Reservoir, as well as rivers and lakes across the region. Thousands of gallons of toxic waste water will be dumped into underground aquifers, posing a serious threat to freshwater. The area’s remaining wilderness areas will be eaten away by clear cuts, road access, pipelines and transmission lines: impacting wildlife corridors, critical habitat and degrading ecosystem integrity.

Around the world, countries, states and provinces are stepping up to take action to halt fracking because of growing public concerns about the technique.

Unfortunately, British Columbia is trailing far behind other jurisdictions when it comes to taking the dangers of fracking seriously. New Jersey has a ban, Quebec has a ban, France has a ban. It is time for BC to step up to the plate and stop fracking now.

ArcGIS Online Map of Proposed Gas & Tar Sands Pipelines, LNG Plants & Parks Potentially Impacted in Northern BC

Proposed Gas Pipelines are shown in red dotted lines, proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Tar Sands Pipeline in purple dotted line, and proposed LNG plants & export terminals are shown as pink factory icons. Also shown is BC parks that will be potentially impacted by the new Kinder Morgan pipeline according to BC government documents in dark green, and other parks that may be potentially impacted by new Kinder Morgan pipeline in light green. You can click on individual features on map to get more information on those features. You can toggle the legend, zoom in or change the basemap imagery with the buttons across the top. You can pan around map by clicking on map and dragging with your mouse. Click 'View Larger Map' below map to open the map in ArcGIS Online map viewer.
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RED DOTTED LINES = Proposed Gas Pipeline routes

PURPLE DOTTED LINE = Proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Tar Sands pipeline route

PINK FACTORY ICONS = Proposed LNG Plants & Export Terminals

GREY LINES = Existing major gas pipelines in northern BC

DARK GREEN AREAS = BC Parks & Protected Areas potentially impacted by new pipeline according to BC government document

LIGHT GREEN AREAS = Other BC Parks & Protected Areas that may be potentially impacted by new pipeline

LIGHT GREY AREAS = Shale Gas Basins - Targetted by Fracking


ArcGIS Online Map of Temporary Fracking Water Withdrawal Approvals by BC Government

Each dot on map represents a Section 8 Temporary Water Withdrawal Approval issued by the BC government for fracking operations. Click on individual dots to get approval details for that location.

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Recent Developments

4 weeks 3 days ago

March 19, 2014

For the past two days, I’ve been in a courtroom representing the Wilderness Committee in an important case to protect BC’s fresh water from fracking. 

Along with Sierra Club BC and our lawyers at Ecojustice, we challenged the BC Oil & Gas Commission’s common practice of granting of repeated short-term water permits for oil and gas companies – a practice that violates BC’s own Water Act.

41 weeks 1 day ago

The Wilderness Committee's National Campaign Director Joe Foy and Climate Campaigner Eoin Madden are setting off on a journey to northern BC, to take part in the 8th Annual Paddle for the Peace and to document the effect that fracking is having on the northeastern region of the province.

During the month of July, we'll be documenting the adventure and posting updates, photos and video footage on this blog.

44 weeks 1 day ago

Huffington Post BC
By Eoin Madden
June 5, 2013

Recently there has been a lot of discussion around the potential for massive growth in the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from B.C. British Columbians have been wooed with claims from the provincial government and the gas industry about the promise of economic prosperity that would come from exporting these products. But what they aren't telling us is this resource comes with a serious risk.

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Sign the Petition to Stop Fracking in BC!

Join us in demanding that BC’s Premier protect our vital fresh water resources and the global climate by putting the brakes on fracking in BC!

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Everyone knows that water is our most precious resource. Right now, the gas industry is being allowed to pump millions of gallons of fresh water out of our lakes, rivers and streams to be used in the fracking process – contaminating the water with toxic chemicals and injecting it underground to force the gas out.

In British Columbia, companies engaged in fracking are able to access excessive amounts of water with very little oversight, and are charged extremely low rates by the province’s Oil & Gas Commission, which is supposed to regulate the industry. Click here to read a recent story from The Province newspaper about the gas industry’s “free ride” when it comes to water resources.

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While BC is investing in overblown plans to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Asia through the Pacific Coast, British Columbians need to be aware of the real implications. Exporting as much LNG as the industry plans would mean ramping up fracking – and that means more water use, more toxic contamination, and a lot more climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions.

Other jurisdictions like France and Quebec – and most recently, Newfoundland – have taken these important concerns into consideration and implemented bans or other restrictions on fracking. Now it's time for BC to follow suit and enact an immediate moratorium on fracking in the province!

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