The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is expected to announce a major decision today that could lead to millions of people in Ontario and Quebec relying on imported fracked gas from the U.S. Marcellus shale.
The Council of Canadians is urging the OEB to reject an application by Enbridge Gas Distribution and Union Gas for new and expanded natural gas infrastructure in the Greater Toronto Area. It would open the door to more Marcellus shale fracking, which is a major threat to Great Lakes communities’ water and air and contributes significantly to climate change pollution. It would ultimately lead to higher heating costs for Ontario and Quebec residents.
The Council worked with three experts to produce evidence before the OEB on why it should reject this application:
- Shale Gas Supply to the Greater Toronto Area, J. David Hughes
- The Carbon Footprint of Shale Gas Development and the Remedial Measures Necessary to Address it, Anthony R. Ingraffea
- The Regulation of Shale Gas Development: State of Play, Lisa Sumi
The decision is expected at approximately 4:00 p.m. EST today.