4 February

Upcoming Webinar: What are the Environmental Risks of Fracking on Landscapes and Watersheds?

The Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development is co-hosting a Memorial Presents webinar with the Environmental Policy Institute titled What are the Environmental Risks of Fracking on Landscapes and Watersheds?. The webinar will take place on February 10, 2015 from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm.

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing is currently under review in the Newfoundland and Labrador. Join two national experts for a public forum to explore some of the environmental risks and policy implications of fracking.

North America is currently experiencing a fracking boom. In the U.S., up to 100 new wells are being drilled every day. What are the methods behind this boom and what effects might they have on the environment? The presentation will provide a general overview of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for “tight” (e.g., shale) oil and gas. Industry best practices for protecting the environment will be reviewed. It will then identify the potential risks for water contamination and other environmental consequences. The presentation will provide a summary of what we currently know about the environmental risks associated with fracking and where there is need for further research. The focus will not be solely on the drilling phase, but will include the cumulative effects of all phases, from exploration to decommissioning.

Shale gas production has been considered a “game changer” in the U.S. but remains controversial. It is closely linked to issues of national interest and security abroad. But it has also been linked to water and environmental health problems. In Canada it has played out differently as reflected in divergent policy responses. The presentation will explore the key political and policy issues surrounding shale gas production and water management focusing on what kind of tensions exist, and what kind of processes are required or necessary to make sure both scientific and lay expertise have a voice in decision-making. ecologically resilient fisheries and coastal communities for the future.

Participation in the webinar is free, however, registration is required. Click here to register.