Why is fracking contentious? 1. Fracking produces greenhouse gases, including methane, which contribute to global climate change. 2. Fracking requires huge amounts of water resources. 3. First Nations treaties in BC are unresolved, and they have claims and rights to much of the land where fracking operations occur.
Why is fracking contentious? 4. Some argue that natural gas production is a route towards more jobs and economic development, while others argue that the money spent on a green economy could create more long-term jobs. 5. British Columbians subsidize fracking through public infrastructure, cheap electricity and preferential tax treatment. 6. Only about 15% of the gas produced in BC is consumed here. The rest is exported to Alberta or the United States.