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Committee room 2, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario
Josh Fox, who made the documentary Gasland, continued his investigation of fracking and produced Gasland Part II. The film argues that the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth's climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating democracy."
Come watch this new documentary, Gasland Part II (125 min.). We may hear from either Josh Fox or a member of his team. We will hear speakers on the Canadian context, particularly here in Ontario. We expect to hear from Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Environmental Defence, and the Council of Canadians. Among speakers, we expect to hear from Emma Lui, Water Campaigner with Council of Canadians. Indeed, the current issue of Canadian Perspectives is largely focused on fracking.
Emma Lui turns our attention to concern about a pipeline extension project for Toronto. Within the month, the Ontario Energy Board will make a major decision about piping fracked gas to Toronto for distribution in southwestern Ontario and Quebec. Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas are petitioning the Ontario Energy Board for new and expanded natural gas infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area. If the application is approved, millions of people will be relying on imported fracked gas from the U.S. Marcellus shale by 2015.
The approval could open the door to more fracking of the Marcellus shale posing serious risks to the Great Lakes Basin with massive water withdrawals, potential water contamination and pipeline leaks and hazardous waste risks. In addition to being a major threat to Great Lakes communities’ water and air and contributing significantly to climate change pollution, this approval would lead to higher heating costs for Ontario and Quebec residents.
Emma says the last day of hearings on this is Friday, November 8. She warns that if this project is allowed, it will increase fracking in Pennsylvania. In advance of next Saturday's screening, please read the following links which Emma has shared with us:
Here’s some info on the pipeline project planned for Toronto that should transport fracked gas from the Marcellus shale:
Three out of three experts agree: a frack pipe is the last thing Toronto needs http://www.canadians.org/media/three-out-three-experts-agree-frack-pipe-...
Ontarians: Say "no" to the frack pipe! http://www.canadians.org/action/ontarians-say-no-frack-pipe
Here’s a link to the project documents: http://www.rds.ontarioenergyboard.ca/webdrawer/webdrawer.dll/webdrawer/s...
And here’s the blog Emma wrote about the OGS’s study on shale gas: http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/making-waves/2012/11/ontario-government-...
Emma reminds us that it is crucial to write Premier Kathleen Wynne. Click here http://www.canadians.org/action/ontarians-say-no-frack-pipe to send a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.