CAN! Episode 2 “What the Frack?!?: Hydraulic Fracturing in New Brunswick” explores the topic of shale gas exploitation in the local context.
Structural geologist Adrian Park and former U.S. Department of Energy inspector Jim Emberger explain the process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and discuss what it means for New Brunswickers. Calvin Tillman, the former mayor of Dish, Texas, offers some insight based on his own community’s experience with fracking shale. Interviews with Roy MacMullin, the Energy Advocate for the Green Party of New Brunswick, and environmental conservation specialist Stephanie Merrill from the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, elaborate further on the economic and environmental impacts of the shale gas industry.
Social work students Ellen Comer and Brett Campbell offer some tips for community involvement based on their social action efforts in collaboration with Friends of the UNB Woodlot. The topic of fracking is explored through artistic means as well, featuring songs by artists including New Brunswick locals Jim Emberger, The Divorcees, and Mike Humble. The episode concludes with a bulletin of upcoming community events relating to social justice and action.
Note: due to a technical error, the very end of this episode did not air. We will be airing a repeat of the episode on November 8 at 7pm, and we’re adding a repeat spot on Sundays at 6pm.