Monday October 18 at 10 pm ET/PT on CBC News Network
On Christmas Eve 2005, Fiona Lauridsen and her three children got chemical-like burns after taking showers in their home. Tests showed higher than normal levels of methane gas in their water coming straight from the aquifer, along with the presence of man-made chemicals. Where could this have come from? The Lauridsens think it may have been caused by the natural gas drilling that had begun in the region. Encana, Canada’s biggest gas company, had just started drilling the underground coal seams on the Lauridsen farm to extract natural gas. The extraction process to release Coal Bed Methane (CBM) is called Hydraulic Fracturing, or “fracking”, a process by which the ground is drilled into, pumped with water sand and chemicals in order to fracture the coal or rock; and then releasing methane gas.