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Fracking

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Webinar: Indigenous Rights, Knowledge, and Tailings

(Recording) Indigenous Rights, Knowledge, and Tailings

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

No more broken promises: holding government and industry accountable for toxic tailings ponds

Since time immemorial the Athabasca River has been a powerful source of life in what is currently called Alberta. A ...
Keep toxic tailings out of the athabasca

Tell the federal government to say no to tailings dumping! 

Email Minister Steven Guilbeault and demand regulations that do not allow tailings dumping into the Athabasca River ...