When ever I see a beautiful body of flowing water I am reminded just how essential water is to us. We are so fortunate here in the Maritimes to have ample water supplies. Unfortunately , globally we are not so lucky. I have read that one billion of the worlds population are without safe drinking water! With the recent announcement that the human population is now 7 billion and climbing the situation could get worse.
The Natural gas industry is now poised to do extensive exploration in our beautiful province. I read some statistics on Hydraulic Fracturing of the deep well formations . Over the life of a natural gas well it could consume five million gallons of water! This is five million gallons of water with toxic chemicals added ! Much of it will stay under ground. The contaminated water that comes to the surface could threaten our environment.
Five million gallons of water legally contaminated by industry, with the blessings of our elected officials! I did this calculation, at one gallon of water per day for 10 people, would support those lives for 27 years and 5 months. The water consumed by one average gas well could sustain 10 human lives for 27 years and 5 months!! This is one average well! There could be thousands more.
The question is, just how moral is this waste of water. Remember the one billion people without safe drinking water!