Shale gas extraction, environmental and health risks

Shale Gas Industry Review Board. Investigation and public hearing report

Quebec report by the BAPE (Office of Public Hearings on the Environment) of 144 pages on the exploration and exploitation of shale gas and the potential environmental, health and social problems of its exploitation.


Shale gas exploration and exploitation projects in Quebec were unveiled in the summer of 2010 following events where citizens of the south shore of Quebec were faced with companies that had started drilling without their consent or even having informed them.

Following these shields and increasing media coverage of the file, the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks, Mr. Pierre Arcand, gave the Office of Public Environmental Hearings (BAPE) the mandate, despite the absence of an impact study, to hold a period of information and public consultations under section 31.3 of the Quality of
the environment.

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The president of the BAPE thus constituted, on September 7, 2010, the commission of the BAPE in charge of examining this type of exploitation and appointed 3 commissioners in order to complete the panel which had for
mandate to study the file. This mandate ends on February 4, 2011. (extended until February 28, 2011).

This team consists of:
Pierre Fortin, president
Michel Germain, Commissioner
Jacques Locat Commissioner
Nicole Trudeau, Commissioner

From the conclusion

(…) Consequently, it appears to the Commission that an analysis of the relevance of this sector for the energy future of Quebec is imperative, that it is imperative to document and qualify its risks, to define a modern, appropriate legal and regulatory framework that will rally the population and local and regional elected representatives, in the spirit and the letter of sustainable development. These questions cannot be dealt with calmly if the industry is authorized to continue its activities. THE COMMISSION IS THEREFORE ADVISED THAT A MORATORIUM ON ALL ACTIVITIES RELATED TO SHALE GAS IN QUÉBEC MUST BE DECREED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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