Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Peace Brigades International-Canada uses debunked misinformation to attack Canadian natural gas production.
THE FACTS: Anti-oil and gas activists are trying to misinform Colombians about natural gas production to oppose a Canadian company exploring for energy.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about modern natural gas production techniques:
- According to the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission, in 2018 oil and gas-related short-term water use approvals and water licenses accounted for only 0.003% of the total volume of mean annual runoff in northeast B.C.
- According to the United States Geological Survey, if natural gas production methods are done correctly, there is little chance of polluting water supplies.
- This study by The University of British Columbia’s Energy and Environment Research Initiative concluded that hydraulic fracturing was not the culprit for methane leaks and that “Specifically, the findings indicate there is no association between wells reporting gas migration and wells that use hydraulic fracturing.”
- Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials is material found in the environment that contains radioactive elements of natural origin that aren’t exclusive to oil and gas production, they occur in mining, metal recycling, and even in everyday products like brick and cement blocks.
- The authors behind the Benzene report figure concluded that “benzene exposure can occur from active and passive smoking, filling gas tanks and automobile driving…. Whether the high urinary t,t-MA levels measured in this study are related to hydraulic fracking remains unknown.”
- This study from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows that natural gas production had no significant health effects on residents in the area.
- Induced earthquakes that can be felt on the surface are very rare and tend to only occur in regions with faults or other geological instabilities.
- According to the Government of B.C., the dormant well program is expected to reclaim 2,400 wells and provide 1,200 jobs.
Stories that get it right
As construction begins to ramp up again for Coastal GasLink, Indigenous advisors from the Community Workforce Accommodation Advisor (CWAA) program are back at the work lodges to foster a respectful and safe relationship between workers and the local communities that host them.