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Fractured BC: Fracking, Site C, Health (Oct 17 Coquitlam, BC)

  • Douglas College, Coquitlam Campus 1250 Pinetree Way Coquitlam, BC, V3B 7X3 Canada (map)

Doors at 6:30; Event Starts at 7
Entry by donation; no one will be turned away.
Tickets on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fractured-bc-fracking-site-c-health-and-human-rights-tickets-37851183910

BC is at a critical crossroads in its energy and environmental policy. The LNG industry has yet to materialize and a growing number of Canadians (over 60%) are opposed to the fracking (hydraulic fracturing) that is necessary for over 80% of natural gas extraction. As well, critics argue that the only reason BC would need the Site C Dam, which infringes on First Nations rights, is to power the fracking industry. Legal challenges opposing LNG infrastructure due to the impact on First Nations rights and health are occurring all over BC.

Jurisdictions across the world are banning or putting a moratorium on fracking for health reasons, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the environment (CAPE) wants to share evidence with the public that pursuing an LNG agenda opens up BC to harm by fracking and Site C.

We need the citizens, as well as the government of BC to understand the potential health consequences for fracking. 

Speakers:

Dr. Warren Bell, founder of CAPE and long-time environmental activist will speak on the health impacts of fracking and Site C

Dr. Gordon Christie, professor of law at UBC whose research fields include Aboriginal legal issues, legal theory, and tort, will speak about the legal implications of fracking and Site C on the health of First Nations peoples.

Richard Wright, is the spokesperson for the House of Luutkudziiwus of the Gitxsan Nation, and will be speaking about the cumulative impacts of LNG infrastructure on First Nations people and all British Columbians.

Dr. Amy Lubik, environmental health scientist, will moderate

Entry by donation; no one will be turned away.
Tickets on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fractured-bc-fracking-site-c-health-and-human-rights-tickets-37851183910

In April, CAPE called for a moratorium on fracking BC, urging the government no to approve any new projects which increase the level of hydraulic fracturing in British Columbia, or in Canada as a whole, until the health risks are understood, communicated to communities, and mitigated.

Many people have heard about the potential dangers of fracking, but do not know what the consequences are. CAPE would like to share the potential health and human rights consequences of fracking and related projects with the citizens of BC and make this issue part of the dialog as the new BC government prepares to do a scientific review of fracking and the need for the Site C project. 

Fracking projects and Site in BC directly affect northern populations, particularly First Nations Peoples. In a report published out of UBC, the authors called on the provincial and federal governments to determine the full impact of Site C on treaty rights of the Treaty 8 First Nations who live in the Peace River region. Coauthor Gordon Christie stated, “Although these communities’ rights are constitutionally protected, we believe they have been systematically downplayed – even ignored – by governments.” [1]

The hereditary leadership of the Luutkudziiwus clan of the Gixtsan nation closed their territory to pipelines, which, if built, would bring fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory around Fort St John to a terminal on Lax Kw’alaams territory, at the mouth of the Skeena River. “There’s too much at stake,” stated Richard Wright, “too much risk to allow this pipeline. It could have serious negative impacts to all the fish of the Skeena River [and on the people up in the northeast, where fracking is happening].” [2]





CAPE's statement on fracking can be found at

https://physiciansfortheenvironment.wordpress.com/2017/04/24/cape-calls-for-moratorium-on-fracking-in-b-c/



[1] https://energeticcity.ca/2017/04/new-report-ubc-researchers-calls-government-send-site-c-bcuc/

[2] http://thevolcano.org/2016/05/16/so-much-at-stake-at-madii-lii-an-interview-with-richard-wright-by-sean-phipps/