Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing), Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue

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Protest sign outside Michigan Oil and Gas Association meeting in March 2012. Photo by LuAnne Kozma.

B.C. Tap Water Alliance Press Release, June 16, 2013 (English and French)

Ban Michigan Fracking thanks Jessica Ernst for bringing to light and digging up the truth about the widespread harms of fracking. Michigan’s water is beginning to be affected. See article reported by Friends of the Au Gres-Rifle Watershed: Residential Water Well Fails in Michigan After Fracking Begins Nearby

Contamination of North America’s Groundwater from Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing) Revealed in a New Case History Catalogue

(Stop Fracking British Columbia –

Vancouver, BC – Alberta-based environmental consultant Jessica Ernst just released the first comprehensive catalogue and summary compendium of facts related to the contamination of North America’s ground water sources resulting from the oil and gas industry’s controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Based on research collected over many years, the 93-page report, Brief Review of Threats to Groundwater from the Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing, looks to be a game-changer document, providing little ‘wriggle room’ for private industry and government spokespeople advocating fracking’s immunity from public concern, criticism and liability.

Ever since the pioneering days of Coalbed Methane fracking experiments in southeast and
southwest United States in the late 1970s, and through subsequent and evolving grandiose technical stages of widespread experimenting with fracking in the United States and Canada, the deep-pocketed inter-corporate industry has consistently fought and influenced both government and citizenry by burying the truth about its cumulative impacts to the environment and human health through confidentiality agreements, threats, half-truths, and deceptions. This catalogue, devoted primarily to the theme of groundwater impacts, helps to shine the light upon a behemoth circus of utter pitch black darkness.

“Jessica Ernst has made a strong case,” notes Will Koop, B.C. Tap Water Alliance Coordinator. “Her collection provides excellent and technically friendly working tools, enabling the public to draw their own conclusions from the critical information. This is not just an invaluable document for North Americans, but for the world.”

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Et voici ce qu’en pense notre ami Will Koop, du B.C. Tap Water Alliance – ma traduction libre, bien sûr…


Vancouver, C.-B., Jessica Ernst, consultante en environnement de l’Alberta, vient de rendre public un catalogue exhaustif et un recueil sommaire de faits reliés à la pollution de sources d’eaux souterraines suite à la pratique controversée de fracturations hydrauliques effectuées par l’industrie pétrolière et gazière.

En se basant sur de la recherche colligée pendant plusieurs années, le rapport de 93 pages intitulé “Brief Review of Threats to Groundwater from the Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Migration and Hydraulic Fracturing” pourrait s’avérer être un document charnière, laissant peu de chance aux porte-paroles de l’industrie privée et des gouvernements qui veulent l’immunité de la pratique controversée vis-à-vis les préoccupations du public, les critiques, et leur responsabilité légale

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Depuis les débuts des expériences de fracturations pour le gaz de houille dans le sud-est et le sud-ouest des États-Unis vers la fin des années 1970, et durant les stages techniques subséquents de l’expérimentation à grande échelle du fracking aux États-Unis et au Canada, l’industrie corporative aux poches creuses s’est entêtée et a influencé le gouvernement et les citoyens en taisant la vérité sur les impacts cumulatifs de la pratique sur l’environnement et la santé humaine grâce à des ententes de confidentialité, aux menaces, aux demi-vérités et aux impostures. Ce catalogue, qui se concentre surtout sur le thème des impacts sur les eaux souterraines, aide à jeter de la lumière sur un immense cirque d’une noirceur profonde.

Mme Ernst a préparé un argumentaire solide. Sa collection fournit d’excellents outils de travail techniquement aisés à utiliser qui aidera le public à tirer ses propres conclusions de cette information essentielle. Ce n’est pas seulement un document inestimable pour les Nord-Américains, mais pour le monde entier également.

Translation by Amie du Richelieu