CCA Report is very sophisticated PRO shale gas report

4 05 2014

Greetings,

I take issue with the over-all message of the report written by the Council of Canadian Academies. It’s a very sophisticated and slick pro-shale gas report commissioned by the Stephen Harper government to “go slow”.

There is no public health official and the toxicologist doesn’t speak for health. They downplay many of the inherent problems of horizontal hydraulic fracturing for shale gas that are documented (e.g. extremely high pressures; extremely high well integrity failure rates; and very high greenhouse gas emissions documented by monitoring over shale gas fields by airplane).
Mark D’Arcy and Garth Hood saw two of the study’s authors present at a public meeting on public health in Saint John this past April. They are also scientific members of the NB Energy Institute.
They refused to acknowledge these inherent problems when they were asked about the documented studies above. Both of these scientists stressed the ‘Go Slow’ approach. Exactly on-message with industry and Min. Craig Leonard.
Even though their public meeting was supposed to be on the public health data associated with the shale gas industry, they did not mention any of the recent reports on congenital birth defects, low birth weights and serious abnormalities in children!
Stephen Harper’s government commissioned this report, so for anyone to think this study is independent has not read the study. This report is a snow job by pro-shale gas individuals.
There is enough information to support that we should use the precautionary principle and ban the shale gas industry but this paper doesn’t discuss it at all. In my opinion it’s green light for shale gas.
 
ACTION ITEM: The authors should hold public meetings to discuss their report and explain why their is no public health representation in the report.
Respectfully,
Terry Wishart
Harvey Station
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