Blood Nation Women
September 14, 2011 by staff
Lois Frank, one of the women who were arrested, said he is concerned about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing, also known as hydraulic fracturing.
Blood Tribe company resources have granted permission to drill wells Murphy Oil and reservations sites south of Calgary.
The company says it can conduct drilling if successful fracking.
Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting a mixture of chemicals, water and sand in the soil to help the release of gas and oil.
Frank says the band council granted the permit without adequate consultation, and the protesters want more answers about the chemicals used.
Blood Tribe Police Chief Lee Boyd says that negotiations are ongoing between the band council and Murphy Oil to protest at the site can occur legally.
Murphy Oil, said in a report to the community earlier this year that safeguards are put in place to ensure that water wells will not be harmed by the hydraulic fracturing. He also said cement decks are used in drilling wells to protect groundwater.
Last month, Southwestern Resources Canada put all the seismic testing in New Brunswick on hold due to ongoing protests in shale gas development, where fracking is used.
Stopped his fledgling Quebec shale gas industry earlier this year following the recommendations of an environmental assessment report, which advised the province to carry out more studies on the ecological risks.
Alberta New Democrats are calling for an investigation into fracking.
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