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Report released by CCA on the state of knowledge around shale gas fracking

An interview with the Sierra Club's Gretchen Fitzgerald and Heidi Verheul

by Una Jefferson (CKUT)

Report released by CCA on the state of knowledge around shale gas fracking

On May 1st, the Canadian Council of Academies released a report titled "The Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada" under commission from the Canadian Minister of the Environment. CKUT's Una Jefferson talked to Gretchen Fitzgerald and Heidi Verheul from the Atlantic chapter of Sierra Club Canada about the report's findings and implications. 

The report, which Gretchen Fitzgerald calls "pretty damning in terms of the lack information on what is going on in the industry," looked at the state of knowledge of the impacts of shale gas fracking in four areas: the degradation of ground and surface water, greenhouse gas emmissions, disruptive effects on communities and land, and potential adverse effects on human health. 

The report can be accessed at http://www.scienceadvice.ca/uploads/eng/assessments%20and%20publications%20and%20news%20releases/shale%20gas/shalegas_fullreporten.pdf 

 
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