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Hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” as it is more commonly known – is a technique that involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations and extract the natural gas below the surface. The Council of Canadians opposes fracking because of its high water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the danger it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. We are calling for a country-wide halt on fracking operations, and work with people in communities across Canada who are saying “No fracking way!”

The Council of Canadians Prairies-NWT Region

Spring 2023 Chapter Update: Prairies-NWT Region

I have lived my entire life on the Prairies. I grew up on the unceded lands of Treaty 4, traditional ...
The Council of Canadians Pacific Region

Spring 2023 Chapter Update: Pacific Region

After many years of living in colder climates to the east, I’m grateful to be back home on the unceded ...
Holding government and industry accountable for toxic tailings

Demand a just cleanup of the tar sands and tailings ponds for a just transition

It is imperative that the Alberta government work together with the federal government to find solutions to the tailings ponds ...
CCUS is the worst

CCUS: Capturing more public funds than carbon since 1972

Let’s be very clear: carbon capture, utilization, and storage is NOT a climate solution. It’s a prime example of greenwashing ...
Free, prior, and informed consent is a bare minimum

As the toll of the tar sands on Indigenous communities grows, Canada continues to fail in its obligations to UNDRIP

For decades government and industry have been making decisions about tar sands development without the free, prior, and informed consent ...
For nearly 30 years Indigenous communities have been sounding the alarm

Tell the federal government to listen to downstream Indigenous communities and say “no” to tailings dumping 

Email Minister Guilbeault and demand that government listens to the voices of downstream Indigenous communities that are opposed to the ...
Wet'suwet'en CoastLink drilling on Wezkin Kwa


Update: The RBC-backed Coastal GasLink pipeline has now begun drilling beneath the internationally significant Wedzin Kwa, a sacred river in ...
Webinar: Tailings and a Just Transition

(Recording) Tailings and a Just Transition

Alberta’s tailings ponds provoked international outcry in 2008 when images were released of ducks struggling to survive in the toxic ...