Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Canadians Concerned About How Fracking, Pipelines Could Affect Their Water
Winnipeg – According to a new national survey conducted by Probe Research Inc., significant proportions of Canadian adults are very or somewhat worried about the potential impact oil and gas industry activities may have on their community’s source of drinking water.
Slightly more than one-half of Canadian adults (53%) are very or somewhat concerned about the impact that hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” may have on their drinking water. A similar proportion (47%) expressed similar worries about the effects of crude oil carried by pipelines.
This survey of 2,023 Canadian adults also found that those living in the areas most likely to be affected by fracking have polarized views on this method of extracting oil and natural gas. Residents of Quebec and Atlantic Canada, for instance, were more likely than other Canadians to express high levels of concern about what fracking could do to their drinking water (58% each were very or somewhat concerned). But at the other end of the country, Albertans were among those least likely to worry about the impact of fracking on their drinking water (only 44% concerned).
Similarly, Quebec residents are among those most concerned about what crude oil carried by pipelines may do to ground or surface water (55%) whereas those living in Alberta were among those least likely to worry about the possibility of a pipeline leak contaminating the area’s drinking water (34% concerned).