Postby Oscar » Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:46 pm

Company buys 23,000 acres of land in Ontario for fracking operations

By Brent Patterson, Friday, November 18th, 2011

In March 2010, the Toronto Star reported that Calgary-based Mooncor Oil & Gas Corp. has been buying land rights in southwestern Ontario for fracking operations. The newspaper article noted that Mooncor intends to drill for shale gas in the Kettle Point Formation known as Antrim Shale in Lambton and Kent counties, and the Collingwood/Blue Mountain formations known as Utica Shale. “It has already locked up nearly 23,000 acres (9.30776 hectares) of land in Lambton and Kent counties…”
This April, the London Free Press reported, “Alberta-based Mooncor Oil and Gas has big plans for the more than 20,000 acres of leases it holds in Lambton County and Chatham-Kent.” Mooncor stated it would arrange a spinoff company - DRGN Resources - that could be a consolidation of up to 21 companies. “Vice-president Richard Cohen said the company has brought on a geologist who is putting together a drilling program for its Southwestern Ontario sites. ‘If there is a shale gas play there, it’s going to be a real bonus,’ he said. ‘But, it’s couple of years down the road.’”
And in June, a media release announcing this new company, they noted, “Ontario is an attractive exploration environment. The primary conventional plays on the lands held are the Ordovician, Silurian - Salina and Devonian. The unconventional play types are the Kettle Point Formation (Antrim equivalent) shale and the Collingwood (Utica equivalent) shale. Recent announcements from industry on the success of Collingwood shale drilling results in Michigan have demonstrated the opportunity for this promising new shale play. Technical review of the Ontario land base has identified up to 22 oil drilling locations (firm and contingent) adjacent to two producing oil pools. In addition, Mooncor has identified 6 Silurian Pinnacle prospects.”
Both the provincial and federal government appear to be encouraging fracking in Ontario. The Toronto Star has reported, “To assist exploration companies, the province recently released an aerial survey of southwestern Ontario that maps out magnetic variations in the upper crust. These variations flag certain geological zones that lend themselves to oil and gas formation. ‘We’re just pointing out (to industry) that this is something you may have missed,’ (Terry) Carter (a petroleum resources geologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) said. And why is Ontario being missed? ‘People go to where they know there’s been success first. And there’s been huge success in the United States, so that attracts more exploration,’ he said. ‘That’s what’s missing in Ontario. We have to prove it’s productive.’ …(And) Tony Hamblin, a petroleum geologist with Natural Resources Canada, said Ontario represents a ripe opportunity that has been largely overlooked.”
In March 2010, the Chatham Daily News reported, “Mark Calzavara, a regional organizer for the Council of Canadians, said… ‘Fracking is very scary. It’s created a gold rush mentality amongst a lot of oil companies and it has a lot of deleterious effects on groundwater.’ Calzavara said landowners who have signed agreements with the company should measure and test their well water before and during the work. ‘Locally, you have to look at protecting your ground water because no one else will,’ he said.”
The Council of Canadians opposes fracking because of its high water use, its high carbon emissions, its impacts on human health, the disruption it causes to wildlife, and the danger it poses to groundwater and local drinking water. We are calling for a country-wide stop to fracking operations.

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the Niagara Falls Water Board not to frack with our water

By Emma Lui, Friday, November 18th, 2011

There is a new threat coming to our Great Lakes, North America’s most precious water source: toxic wastewater from fracking. The Niagara Falls (NY) Water Board (NFWB) is working on a feasibility study to treat this waste. They want to experiment with the safety of the water in the Great Lakes! Will you stand with us and tell the Niagara Falls Water Board to not accept fracking waste?
The Niagara Falls Water Board will hold their next monthly public meeting on Wednesday November 23, 2011 promptly at 5pm. We need to show a consistent turn out at these meetings to speak out against this experiment with our water. Please consider preparing a five minute or shorter speech to read to the board.Council of Canadians Regional Organizer, Mark Calzavara, will be traveling to Niagara Falls, New York to attend the meeting next Wednesday. Please join him and tell the board not to frack with our water!

If you can’t make it to the meeting, please send written comments to the NFWB:

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” is a controversial drilling process used to extract natural gas from shale, coal beds and “tight sands” with vertical and horizontal drilling. Sand, water and chemicals are blasted at high pressure to fracture rock where natural gas is trapped. Wastewater from fracking contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals including carcinogens and edocrine disruptors.
Earlier this month, Niagara-On-The-Lake (NOTL) passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on fracking and the treatment of fracking wastewater in the Great Lakes Basin. On November 14, Fort Erie passed a resolution in support of NOTL’s resolution.
The NFWB, however, has stood silent, and has not abandoned their plans to accept fracking wastewater. Time is running out, as the board awaits a response on their initial wastewater testing. Join us at the next Niagara Falls Water Board public meeting to express your concerns on the risks of accepting fracking wastewater in Niagara Falls.
Speak out and protect Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes Commons!
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