Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: Foreign-funded Dogwood claims fracking companies are poisoning B.C.’s water and polluting the air.
THE FACTS: Modern natural gas production methods are safe for the environment.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about hydraulic fracturing:
- 50% of produced wastewater is reused and recycled instead of using water that is drawn from rivers. Disposal of wastewater not recycled for oil and gas operations is highly regulated by the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission.
- Some companies like Tourmaline Oil, a major oil and gas producer in B.C., recycle 100% of their flow back water.
- 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.”
- Many Canadian activists claim falsely that Indigenous people oppose Coastal GasLink. 100% of affected First Nations signed benefits agreements after extensive consultation.
- The B.C. government did not give away $1.3 billion in oil and gas subsidies in 2020/2021 as Dogwood claimed. Deep well credits are a tax reduction to encourage companies to drill wells so the province can receive more revenue while creating jobs. The companies do not receive money and there is no liability to the Government. Companies still must pay.
Stories that get it right
First Nations agreements are important ways to ensure energy projects can be built across the country. First Nations communities and groups are planning new LNG projects on the west coast that will hopefully reinvigorate investor confidence after a string of backers left projects.