Target: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
Goal: End fracking in Western Canada after studies found that the process is directly causing earthquakes.
Fracking has been definitively linked to earthquakes in Western Canada, a study has found. In the central U.S., between 1973 and 2008, an average of 21 earthquakes in the 3-4 range on the Richter scale occurred per year. This rose to 93 quakes per year after 2008. Studies linked the increase in earthquakes to the injection of fracking waste water deep underground.
However, in Western Canada, fracking itself has been shown to cause earthquakes. This study adds to the growing list of environmental problems connected to the practice of hydraulic fracking including the contamination of ground and surface water with carcinogens and other poisons. Finally, fracking contributes to higher carbon emissions both through burning fracking’s products and methane emissions during the fracking process.
In order for Canada to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement, and in order for us to avoid catastrophic global warming, over 80 percent of proven fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground. A recent study of the melting Western Antarctic Ice Sheet has found that we can stop it melting and raising sea levels by an estimated six meters and flooding some of the most densely populated areas of the world. Preventing this would require us to keep over 80 percent of fossil fuels in the ground.
This is the perfect moment to effectively end fracking; the price off oil is low and fracking is an expensive way of producing oil. Many fracking operations are under a lot of financial pressure. Therefore, we have the opportunity to end the practice as they are not central to the economy in the same way they are when oil prices are high. Sign our petition to ask Prime Minister Trudeau to end the practice of fracking in Canada.
Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,
In Paris last December, Canada made a commitment to cooperate with international partners keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. Canada can lead the world by banning fracking in Canada both to combat climate change and also for public health reasons.
The recent study linking fracking to earthquakes in Western Canada should be the last mark against an industry which is fundamentally incompatible with the continued prosperity of Canada. This joins documented cases of water contamination. While there have been some regulatory changes in order to make companies cease operations when seismic activity above a certain level is detected, fracking can cause seismic events weeks after operations have ceased.
Due to the low price of oil, fracking is not as profitable as it once was. In fact, many producers are producing at a loss. This presents a unique opportunity; oil is not as important for the economy of Western Canada as it once was. This presents the federal government in partnership with the provinces with the opportunity to help move the Canadian economy away from oil and gas and toward a renewable, cleaner, safer, and healthier future.
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