About Fracking

Certainly, those living in areas targeted for the extraction of fossil fuels should be researching the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on their communities. But, there are also far-reaching impacts that will affect all taxpayers in our province.

As well, there are global implications as governments push for more aggressive extraction of fossil fuels, drowing out the world’s scientists who say if we wish to avert catastrophic climate change, we can only burn 1/3 of the proven reserves. If we burn what we know we have, the Earth would be destroyed several times over. So why the push to extract more?

We need to be educated and aware.

One-Stop Shopping:

We know that the amount of research material is overwhelming, so the NBASGA has compiled the Citizen’s Guide to Shale Gas, an easy-to-read information package of 12 individual .pdf pages, each one focusing on an issue of importance to all New Brunswickers, whether or not they live in areas that may be leased for shale gas or oil extraction. This package explores the topics that the government has not addressed and that industry would rather not discuss.

The following organizations have reviewed the multitude of studies and brought them all together in one document.  These are the Latest Scientific Studies: 

For Landowners:

Landowners in targeted areas are particularly vulnerable. “When the Landman Comes Calling – Don’t Sign Anything” is a free guide for landowners, to prepare them for dealing with land agents. As well, a number of New Brunswick landowners are banding together to create a bargaining group. Contact CAEPLA – the Canadian Association for Energy and Pipeline Landowners’ Association (http://www.landownerassociation.ca) or the NB Landowners Assoc. Facebook page to connect with others in your area.


Online Documents and Studies:

On Economics, Jobs and Community Impacts:

On Health:

On Water:



Activist/Environmentalist Dr. Susan Steingraber wrote a series of articles on shale gas for Orion Magazine:

  • The Fracking of Rachel Carson – Fifty years ago a book changed the way we think about nature—or did it? (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
  • Sand County, the Sequel  – In which the land ethic gets turned on its head.(Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
  • When Cowboys Cry – The fossil fuel-based economy is breaking hearts all over the fracking place. (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
  • Fracking Democracy – In which you get 120 seconds to say why shale gas should be left in the ground. (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
  • The Whole Fracking Enchilada – The latest technique for extracting natural gas trumps every other environmental assault. (Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)
  • Shale Game – Four ways of looking at a natural gas deposit.(Orion Magazine, Susan Steingraber)