New group wants ban on fracking in Prince Edward Island

Steve Sharratt
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Don’t Frack P.E.I. member Andrew Lush, left, with Fred Cheverie of the Souris Wildlife Federation following a public meeting in Souris this week to call for a provincial ban on the practice.

Don't Frack P.E.I. holding public meeting across province to spread message against hydraulic fracturing

SOURIS — A new citizens group taking a message across the province wants the provincial government to establish a permanent ban on fracking anywhere on the million-acre sandbar.

“It would be absolute madness for it to occur here,’’ says Andrew Lush, a member of Don’t Frack P.E.I. group, during a public meeting here this week. “We want to head it off at the pass.”

There have been no fracking permits approved for P.E.I., but organizers say that could easily change with a knock on government’s door. A number of drilling permits were granted in the past by government without any public consultation and those expired in 2012.

The public meeting was hosted by the Souris and Area Wildlife Federation and moderated by president Fred Cheverie.

Don’t Frack P.E.I., which also has a Facebook page, “PEI against fracking”, boasts more than 400 members so far and organizers were delighted with the large turnout Monday night.

“This is huge for us,’’ said member Leo Broderick. “More and more people are taking an interest to stop this.”

The group says oil and gas exploration operations could come knocking any day to drill on the Island. It’s estimated up to 1,000 wells could be drilled to extract natural gas from the shale and rock formations.

In the past year there were demonstrations against the practice in New Brunswick.

“Once the economic times are right, they will come here looking for gas and oil,” said Lush, projecting maps showing the province is surrounded by permit holders in other provinces and even in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Broderick says unless there is a strong public outcry, the government could issue permits.

“We want a permanent ban approved by government in the spring sitting of the legislature,” he said.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process where sand, water and chemicals are blasted into rock formations to create cracks and allow gas to flow up well.

Fracking involves horizontally deviated wells drilling into the sandstone and using from two to nine million gallons of water to force the gas out. The group says the process drags up arsenic and other chemicals that are left on the land.

P.E.I. Environment Minister Janice Sherry told The Guardian that government is still waiting for the results of studies in other jurisdictions about hydraulic fracturing before it takes a stance on the issue.

Corridor Resources and PetroWorth were the last companies to do seismic testing and build exploratory wells here. The last wells were built in 2007 and all onshore exploration permits have expired.

Organizations: Area Wildlife Federation, The Guardian, Corridor Resources

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick

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  • Jon Clark
    July 22, 2015 - 22:02

    Don't think that pei is environmentally friendly for one moment.... I'm Getting sick and tired of people saying they don't want fracking and they don't want any natural gas here.... but yet there depend on the rest of Canada to provide for them.... PEI is one of the most expensive provinces and or states to live in... in North America. And trust me I have been all around. Lived and worked..... not just heard bulls hit stories from pretenders. .... why don't people actually look into the actually procedure and want to create jobs money and natural gas here.... in a safe working environment.... the city of Charlottetown has over a million of gallons of water a day to be used just for there citizens alone.... it only takes one well 2-7 million of gallons of water to produce. Then my math tells me that, that is only one week of charlottown drinking water.... but yet.. actually create jobs for pei and put money back into the economy... where you don't have to been rich just to eat here.. . Wake up islanders.... it's time for change and it's time to stop listening to the bulls hit politicians giving you bulls hit information....

  • Andrew Lush
    January 23, 2015 - 10:38

    Fracking is not progress. Our group supports job creation by making PEI a renewable energy centre. Your arguments are nonsense.

  • Jimbo Johnson
    January 23, 2015 - 08:05

    Let's just ban progress altogether, PEI is only a few years away from being Canada's smallest province to becoming Canada's largest senior complex. Let's keep taxes high and continue to push the young folk away to make a living. Creating a protest group prior to any single company applying for a fracking permit is absolutely ridiculous!!

    • Ridiculous
      January 23, 2015 - 11:54

      What is ridiculous is the number of losers that would sell our future for a short term bump in the economy.

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    January 23, 2015 - 08:00

    Being safely tucked in the past is definitely preferable to plunging headlong helter skelter into the future. Let us draft legislation that will protect us and our future generations from even a slight chance for bad results. I agree with Darcie Lanthier, we need a ban .. period.

  • Andrew Lush
    January 22, 2015 - 22:54

    All four Provinces around PEI have moratoriums on fracking. Radioactive frack fluid was spilled in Cavendish in 2007. Toxic frack fluid was spilled in Nova Scotia last year. We need a ban, if just to make sure fracking never comes to PEI. We only have one aquifer, we only have one chance to protect it.

  • Jimbo Johnson
    January 22, 2015 - 22:00

    Let's just ban progress altogether, I love high taxes and seeing our youth move away............PEI is only a few years away from being Canada's smallest province to becoming Canada's largest senior complex. Fracking has been taking place in many area's since the late 1960's without issue. Starting a protest group before a single company has ever applied for a fracking permit is beyond ridiculous. Fear mongering will continue to keep PEI a "HAVE NOT" province for many years to come.

  • Think about it
    January 22, 2015 - 17:17

    There seems to be an awful lot of people here who think it's okay to gamble with the future of our water. Is there such a shortage of brainpower here that people know to think ahead and err on the side of caution? We can fix economic problems. We can't do ANYTHING if our water is contaminated, unless people are also dumb enough to think they can just buy it. They just hand over their rights and their power like sheep. Baaaahhhh!

  • Garth Staples
    January 22, 2015 - 15:56

    Let's all bury our heads in the sand and let the rest of the world go by---except the handouts from the rest of the country.

  • Ron
    January 22, 2015 - 14:57

    "Stuck in the Past" When will you folks find out what fracking is. In more then 40 years there has never been a case where some ones water was contaminated, does not increase earthquakes which is the latests cry.

    • Bill Kays
      Bill Kays
      January 22, 2015 - 15:45

      Being safely tucked in the past is definitely preferable to plunging headlong helter skelter into the future. Let us draft legislation that will protect us and our future generations from even a slight chance for bad results. I agree with Darcie Lanthier, we need a ban .. period.

  • Darcie Lanthier
    January 22, 2015 - 12:33

    This was a really good presentation, everyone should see it. The PEI Government without any consultation with landowners or communities sold leases to fracking companies, these leases have now expired but there is nothing to prevent the same thing from happening again. NB, NS, NY & QC all have fracking bans in place because it is just too dangerous to local water supplies. We need a permanent ban in place too.

    • XComa
      January 22, 2015 - 13:19

      Agreed ... Looks like they want to Sacrifice Every bodies Water for Wealth for a few People. That is not a good thing to do. But on a Brighter note they will likely Sell us somewhat Clean Drinking water. These People do not care about Health and the Environment. The Environment Minister does not seem to care about the Environment.

  • Heather Watterson
    January 22, 2015 - 12:20

    "Hydraulic fracturing is a process where sand, water and chemicals are blasted into rock formations to create cracks and allow gas to flow up well." Doesn't that imply that you need to have rock formations.

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker
    January 22, 2015 - 11:39

    I fail to see the need for this. There are no companies actively seeking this type of resource here on PEI. I know lets start an astroid avoidance movement and waste some time. What a bunch of fools!

  • so sad
    January 22, 2015 - 11:23

    If LEO BRODERICK is a member then fracking is probably a good thing.

  • Mike Roberts
    Mike Roberts
    January 22, 2015 - 11:11

    Education is key... before forming an "opinion"... first you should learn what fracking is, the process, disposal techniques, the equipment used, the difference in the depths of shale gas and our water table and how strict Canada's fracking legislation is (completely different from the USA - where you will read about past failures, not in Canada). If you want to know the truth about fracking, please watch this informative documentary

    • Come on!
      January 22, 2015 - 13:18

      Andrew Lush, Leo, Darcie & Fred and the rest of the usual fear mongers have no interest in factual information. It must be miserable to live your life with the mindset that everything is corrupt and science is bunk.

    • Dummy
      January 23, 2015 - 06:08

      Frack Nation is a lying propaganda piece put out by the oil industry. It was made so idiots would go around talking about it as if it had any facts. Exactly the same tactic used by the tobacco industry. People who are not bright enough to do any real research will just go out and spew talking points from a movie. Idiots.

  • Was Going To
    January 22, 2015 - 10:37

    Started to read this article & though I should join until I got to paragraph # 6 . That ended it for me , anything he's part of , I'm not interested in .

    • Quiet Observer
      January 22, 2015 - 11:02


    • XComa
      January 22, 2015 - 13:13

      That is unfortunate you are that Closed Minded :(

  • enough already
    January 22, 2015 - 10:33

    Strange thing, it is great to suck money from Western Canada , money that is created through fracking but Gawd no we don't want it here. There would be a different cry if the money train from the West quit choo, chooing down the road and we in the Maritimes had to start paying our own way.