The Ontario Energy Board is about to 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.
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a controversial technique to extract natural gas from shale rock. The extraction process uses vast amounts of water that is contaminated with toxic chemicals before it is blasted into the shale rock. While natural gas has been promoted as a greener form of energy, new research shows that the carbon footprint of fracked gas is just as bad, if not worse, than coal.
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.
Use the form letter below to let Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne know that you are concerned, and that the Ontario government should refuse Enbridge and Union Gas’ request.