Methane, fracking fluids and other drilling chemicals have been documented as entering waterways via leaking wells, spills, pipeline breaks, well blowouts, truck accidents and floods. In addition to rendering water wells undrinkable and causing illnesses, contaminated waters have killed farm animals, wildlife, fish, vegetation and have left farmlands unusable.
- Shale Gas: How Often Do Fracked Wells Leak? (The Tyee, Jan 2013)
- Fracking Contamination ‘Will Get Worse’: Alberta Expert – (The Tyee, Dec 2011)
- Alberta research shows fracking fluids cause ‘significant’ harm to fish (24 Jan 2017, CBC) “The real risk comes from the disposal process, where (companies) have to truck it to a new site or pipeline it to a new site,” Goss said Tuesday. His paper notes that Alberta has experienced more than 2,500 such spills between 2011 and 2014.