Setting the record straight on the day’s top anti-oil and gas media stories
ACTIVIST CLAIM: 350 Canada erroneously claims natural gas production in B.C. is polluting water and causing increased carcinogens in pregnant females.
THE FACTS: The natural gas industry in B.C. recycles the water it uses and production been shown to be safe for area residents.
Here are some talking points and sources to have a reasonable conversation about natural gas production in B.C.
- This tweet claims that natural gas production in B.C. pollutes 500,000 water trucks’ worth of water every year, but this is untrue. The claim is based on an activist report that says that the industry uses 500,000 water trucks worth of water to produce natural gas. Withdrawn water for oil and gas activities amounts to 0.001% of the total annual water runoff from those sources.
- This water is also being recycled with some companies like Tourmaline Oil, a major oil and gas producer in B.C., who recycling 100% of their flow back water and 74% of their total water use is recycled.
- The claim of Benzene concentrations being 3.5 times higher in pregnant women due to natural gas production is untrue. The authors behind the report this figure is cited in 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.
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All Canadians are entitled to protest against causes they are passionate about, however, breaking the law is never appropriate. These protests are also impeding the economic benefits of logging for Indigenous communities like The Pacheedaht First Nation supports the logging operations because many of their members work in the industry, and they can stand up for responsible resource development through a traditional Indigenous lens.