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Penobsquis, NB - In 2003, when Heather McCabe bought her homestead in Penobsquis, New Brunswick, she thought it would make the perfect sanctuary for special-needs animals. And it did - that is, until her septic pipe rose out of the ground, her walls started to buckle and bulge, and her well went dry.
Indicators pointed to the local potash mine as being the culprit - indeed, over 60 neighbouring wells went dry while the mine was filling with water. Seismic testing by mine owners PotashCorp were originally intended to find out if they were to blame. Instead, the seismic tests found natural gas deposits. So rather than rectifying the situation with homeowners, investments and partnerships were made with oil and gas exploration company Corridor Resources.
Now, in the midst of shifting and sinking topography, Potash Corp and Corridor are using hydraulic fracturing to access shale gas. It is a situation some energy experts call "ludicrous."
To learn more about Heather McCabe's story, listen to the above interview.
For more information on the situation in Penobsquis, visit www.penobsquis.ca