Environmental impacts associated with oil and gas developments in Canada are numerous. These impacts include:
fragmentation of wildlife habitat due to cutting seismic lines and clearing roads, wellpads and pipeline right of ways;
emissions of greenhouse gases associated with pipeline compressors, gas plants and oil batteries;
sedimentation of creeks and streams from road run-off;
spills and leaks of oil and gas, including the health and safety risk from sour gas69; and,
issues related to oilfield waste disposal.
Oil and gas developments also result in the release of acidifying emissions. Deposition of these compounds into terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems can result...