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Friends of the UNB Woodlot made a presentation to the Public Safety and Environment Committee earlier this week (see link below to the Daily Gleaner article).
Mayor Brad Woodside had requested a presentation from the Provincial Environment Department but they failed to appear. The Committee claimed that they did not have sufficient information to pass on any resolution to City Council. Also, the Committee did not pass any resolution on how to move forward with this issue.
CITY SEEKS INFORMATION ABOUt HYDROFRACTURING
The Daily Gleaner
Thursday September 8th, 2011
By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
The UNB Woodlot represents a microcosm of several key environmental issues facing our city and also has been a real litmus test of the environmental protection policies in our province.
Our group's concern with shale gas development highlights the need for more protection of forested wetlands and groundwater sources like the UNB Woodlot:
(1) aquifer mapping and our understanding of groundwater flow systems in New Brunswick is very limited;
(2) weak wetland protection policies throughout the province of New Brunswick;
(3) no province-wide, watershed-based source protection of our drinking water;
(4) fracking will require the removal of 100s millions of gallons of fresh water from our natural water cycle;
(5) fracking will widen natural fractures and create new fractures in, and between, shallow and deep aquifers; and
(6) release of radioactive fracking sand and toxic fracking water into deep underground drilling wells.
Note: The shale gas exploration license covers a 10-kilometre radius around Fredericton, and includes the UNB Woodlot and most other areas of the City of Fredericton and surrounding communities. This license allows for fracking and production well testing.
MAP - Oil and Natural Gas Licenses/Leases, New Brunswick
N.B. Department of Natural Resources