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Feb 28, 2024 meeting: Dr. Greg Goss on Fracking

Michael Dell

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Dr. Greg Goss, from Biological Sciences at U of A, on “Evaluating Toxicity of Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Water”

TUC has been working on a policy statement regarding the practice of fracking for the last few years and it's still not complete. It's difficult to come up with a definitive statement. We need oil and gas but freshwater is essential for humans and all other life forms. However, there are related statements in other TUC policies, e.g.:

• Water is essential for all life and should be viewed as a human right. 

• Natural systems evolve to exploit the range of available water within a region and as such the concept of excess water can be considered spurious. 

• Extraction of water from streams or aquifers can alter the movement, volume, timing and quality of water available to the environment. Any extractions must demonstrate no net harm to natural systems. 

This will be an interesting and thought provoking session. Well worth attending. 

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