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Ground water a focus of report on risks of fracking


May 1, 2014
By Ground Water Canada

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May 1, 2014 – Placing significant focus on ground water and surface water, a report for the federal government has concluded there is not enough known about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing to declare it safe and has highlighted the lack of comprehensive federal regulation.

May 1, 2014 – Placing significant focus on ground water
and surface water, a report for the federal government has concluded
there is not enough known about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing to
declare it safe and has highlighted the lack of comprehensive federal regulation.

Two areas of focus in the report are ground water and surface water. The report said most experts agree that impacts on water raise the greatest environmental concern from shale gas development. Risks exist for both potable ground water and surface water. The greatest threat to ground water is gas leakage from wells for which the impacts are not being systematically monitored and predictions remain unreliable. Potable ground water can also be at risk from underground pathways for gases, fracturing chemicals, and saline fluids that migrate upwards.

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Read the full report from the Council of Canadian Academies.