Canadians concerned over U.S. fracking fluid treatment

By on October 4, 2011

The Niagara Falls Water Board in New York is considering using its wastewater plants to treat a toxic byproduct of the controversial natural gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

The board hasn’t yet determined if they can or will treat fracking fluid, a mixture of water and chemicals used to force natural gas out of underground shale formations. But the state’s neighbors to the north are taking notice.

Canadian environmentalists call for strict safety standards because Lake Ontario is already threatened, and a spill of the fluid into lake could threaten the wildlife, and worse, Toronto’s drinking water.

Read more at CBC News.

About Jeff Gillies

Jeff Brooks-Gillies has written about science, energy and the environment for going on 10 years. He's a native Michigander who, after a stint in Colorado, lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two kids.

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