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Don’t frack Ontario!
In communities across North America, hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) has left a legacy of polluted water and environmental destruction. Now it looks like fracking is coming to Ontario.
Fracking contaminates millions of litres of fresh water per well. Companies inject dozens of toxic chemicals into the ground to break up shale rock formations to reach trapped oil and gas. Fracked wells also leak vast quantities of methane – a powerful greenhouse gas.
But the Ontario government can keep fracking out of our province. In March, Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto—Danforth, introduced a bill that would ban fracking in Ontario.
The Wynne government immediately rejected the bill. Natural Resources Minister Bill Mauro said there’s no fracking in Ontario, so there’s no need for a ban – but he knows that his government has been encouraging fracking exploration. In fact, the Ontario government has been doing geological surveys for industry – for free!
That’s not what people want. In a 2014 poll, 75% of Ontarians supported a moratorium on fracking.
Let’s tell the Ontario government to protect our water, health and climate from fracking. Let’s ban fracking before it begins.
TO: Premier Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CC: John Yakabuski, PC Energy Critic (email@example.com)
CC: Peter Tabuns, NDP Energy Critic (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Dear Premier Wynne, Communities across the province have raised concerns about fracking. A 2014 poll showed that 75% of Ontarians support a moratorium on fracking. The Chiefs of Ontario also passed a resolution requesting a moratorium on fracking. Fracking contaminates vast quantities of water, and there are no known methods to safely dispose of fracking wastewater. Companies aren’t required to disclose the chemicals used in the fracking process, some of which endanger public health. And studies show that fracked natural gas can produce as much greenhouse gas emissions as coal. Banning fracking now could stave off a costly NAFTA lawsuit like the one launched against the Canadian government for Quebec’s fracking moratorium. I urge you to join other provinces that have prioritized water protection, climate stability and public health by placing a ban on fracking!
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