The Department of Energy and Mines in the Province of New Brunswick granted exclusive licenses to search and conduct a hydrocarbon exploration program on Mi’kmaq and Maliseet traditional territories. Southwestern Resources has begun its seismic exploration program covering one-seventh the size of the province, the largest net area of all their current Pan-American operations. The high-volume hydraulic fracturing of “unconventional” Shale Gas and/or Oil within these territories will bring extreme risks to local drinking water, a source for all life. Over 60% of residents in the province get their drinking water from wells.
Our Mi'kmaq and Maliseet relatives need our support, as they’ve stood up for the rights of the Earth, their communities, and future generations – and have been met with militarized violence. Members of the Elsipogtog First Nation and supporters of the Anti-Shale, Anti-Fracking Nonviolent Action in New Brunswick (Canada) have been victms of state-initiated violence by the RCMP. Honor the Earth denounces state violence and calls out to all of our supporters GLOBALLY to show support and alliance with the people of New Brunswick, and throughout Canada, whose lives and land are threatened by the gas and oil fracking industry.
- 20-80% of “Fracking Fluids” injected into wells get left behind, the remaining is stored beneath the earth or disposed of into the environment. And since the companies that frack our land aren’t required to disclose the chemical “cocktails” they inject these wells with, we have no way of knowing the impact until our people begin to get sick. The 2011 U.S. House of Representatives investigative report states that out of 2,500 hydraulic fracturing products, more than 650 contain chemicals that are known carcinogens. A four million gallon fracturing operation would use 80 to 330 tons of chemicals.
- SWN is conducting exploration work on land Mi’kmaq never ceded to the crown when they signed treaties with the British in the 18th century. New Brunswick’s government negotiated a contract for liscense for shale gas exploration with SWN in 2010 for approximately CA$47 million (about US$44 million). Canada needs to honor and acknowledge treaty rights.
- The transportation of natural gas also puts communities along its route at risk. Fracked oil and gas is highly volitale. A derailed traincar carrying fracked oil from the Bakken Oil Field in North Dakota to a refinery in New Brunswick derailed on July 6th, 2013 – ‘incinerating’ the downtown core of the city.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- New Brunswick Media Co-op -
- Mile Howe at the Halifax Media Co-op -
- Shale Gas Alerts NB -
- The Sacred Fire is Lit -
- Environmental Defense Fund coalition with SWN on policy creation for New Brunswick
- New Brunswick’s Industry, CAPP
- Hydraulic Fracturing 101 – Hydraulic Fracturing, what is it?
- SWN’s managing of legal issues in Arkansas Class Action Suit and other concerns/facts
- Keep Tap Water Safe, issues surrounding fracking
- New Brunswick’s Oil and Natural Gas Blueprint: 10 year plan
- Wikipedia: Hydraulic Fracturing
On Fracking Concerns:
http://www.celdf.org/resources-ordinances- community ordinances