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On Thursday November 5th, two members of Don’t Frack PEI presented to the Water Act committee of the Environmental Advisory Council. This committee is making recommendations to the Prince Edward Island government concerning the development of a Water Act. The presentation addressed a number of statements in the Water Act White Paper, showing how allowing fracking would contradict the aims of the Water Act in numerous places. Here is the presentation: http://dontfrackpei.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Prince-Edward-Island-Water-Act-Fracking.pdf
Eliza Knockwood and Andrew Lush of Don’t Frack PEI will be making a presentation to one of the public Water Act Consultation meetings. The meeting is at the Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown, on Thursday November 5th, starting at 7pm. We are second on the list of presenters. The other presenters are Yefang Jiang, federal hydrologist, and two watershed groups. There is a public Q&A session at the end of the meeting, where you can make a statement or ask a question to the panel – which is made up of members of the Environmental Advisory Council.
As the PEI government has not yet placed a moratorium on fracking, and as the Premier stated that fracking will be covered by the proposed Water Act, Don’t Frack PEI will be making a presentation at one of the upcoming Water Act Public Consultations. We will let everyone know when we will be presenting, but it would be great if people could go to one of the eight public consultations to ensure that concerns about fracking are raised at each session. Also, it is possible to make a submission via e-mail. More information about the public consultations can be found at http://www.gov.pe.ca/wateract
We have more T-shirts available, and some toques too. The T-shirts are $20 and range in size from small to 2XL. The hats are $12, are available in black or red, and say “Don’t Frack Our Water”. The hats were ordered by our late committee member Muriel, who passed away before we could pick them up. Please e-mail email@example.com with your t-shirt size or hat colour so that we can make sure we have one in stock before you order it. We accept payment by cheque, credit card, or PayPal.
At the Party Leaders’ Forum on the Environment, we got to hear the positions of all four parties on fracking. This short video clip speaks for itself. The party leaders, in order of speaking, represent the Green, NDP, PC, and Liberal parties.
On April 21st, all four provincial party leaders will be asked questions on environmental issues at the Party Leaders’ Forum on the Environment. Don’t Frack PEI submitted a question, which has been accepted, and will be asked to all party leaders. The forum is on April 21st at 7pm at the MacKinnon Lecture Theater, Holland College. For a poster, click here.
Prince Edward Island has just lost a veteran campaigner for the environment. Muriel Siemers, who made her home in Stratford, passed away on Sunday. Muriel had recently brought her indomitable spirit and her wealth of knowledge to the task of educating Islanders about the dangers of fracking. Muriel, who was proud to have done her part to prevent uranium mining in Nova Scotia in the 1980s, was a shining example of an active senior in her later years, driving to meetings and even attending a public hearing on fracking last year in Nova Scotia. Her knowledge and wise guidance will be missed by many, including those of us on the committee of Don’t Frack PEI, and we will redouble our efforts in her name over the coming months.
Supporters of Don’t Frack PEI will be making a donation in Muriel’s memory to the QEH Foundation. If anyone would like to contribute to this, please click the green button and use the Donate button, and also send us an e-mail to indicate that you have made your donation in memory of Muriel.
Jim Emberger gave a hugely informative talk at the first AGM of Don’t Frack PEI. With facts and figures from the industry, government bodies, and scientists, Mr. Emberger comprehensively overturned the myths that fracking is safe, is good for job creation, and is a revenue generator. Extremely worrying health effects, no plan for the disposal of millions of gallons of waste, and massive damage to existing industries were part of his message, which was honed in New Brunswick during their recent and ongoing fight against fracking. The slideshow for the presentation can be found here: http://dontfrackpei.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Jim-Emberger-Presentation.pdf and the AGM minutes can be found here http://dontfrackpei.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-AGM-Minutes-Dont-Frack-PEI.pdf
Jim Emberger, spokesperson for the New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance, will be giving a talk at the AGM of Don’t Frack PEI on Monday February 23rd. Jim gave 27 talks across New Brunswick in the spring, as part of the ‘Voice of the People Tour’, and his presentation provides the facts and exposes the myths about fracking. His talk, The Citizens’ Guide to Shale Gas, will open our AGM which will be held at Murphy’s Community Centre, 200 Richmond Street, Charlottetown, starting at 7pm. We will also have some musical entertainment, fracking news from PEI and other provinces, and coffee and cookies will be available.
Don’t Frack PEI is presenting an information session Monday, January 19th, from 7 pm to 9 pm at Souris Ski Lodge, Route 305, Souris. The session is open to all who have an interest in learning more about, and taking action around, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas. We will explore what has recently happened in other provinces, and the threat that fracking poses to PEI.
Souris & Area Branch of PEI Wildlife Federation is the host and chair of this event, and will be providing light refreshments. One speaker will explain how fracking differs from other forms of oil & gas extraction, and will detail the many negative impacts of fracking, and will explain how our four neighbouring provinces have come to enact fracking moratoriums. A second speaker will explore the concept of ‘social license’, and what can be done to counter the threat of fracking. Finally, we will explore the alternatives to oil and gas – Wind, Water, Sun, and Geothermal – outlining how these are valid alternatives, and that they are, in fact, essential for the future of our planet. For a poster, click here.
Our AGM, which was to be held on November 27th, has been postponed due to an illness. We will let you know as soon as we have rescheduled the meeting.
The first reading of the bill on the Nova Scotia fracking ban was tabled today, and here are the highlights:
No person shall engage in high-volume hydraulic fracturing in shale formations unless exempted by the regulations for the purpose of testing or research. Where the Minister reviews the prohibition, the Minister shall consider the net benefit to Nova Scotians, taking into account social issues; economic issues; health issues; environmental issues; scientific and technical issues; regulatory effectiveness and efficiency; and any other matter or thing that the Minister considers necessary or advisable.
The change of government in New Brunswick should lead to a moratorium. This leaves PEI as the only Atlantic province with no protection from the fracking industry.
Two of us from Don’t Frack PEI went to a public presentation and consultation in Amherst yesterday – me (Andrew Lush) and Muriel Siemers. It was one of a number of Q&A sessions being organized by the Nova Scotia Hydraulic Fracturing Review panel, more details at http://www.cbu.ca/hfstudy
There was a presentation, interspersed with questions and answers, and there were about 85 people there. The discussion was led by Dr. Wheeler, the chair of the review panel, and I commended him on the work that his panel has done so far – it appears to be well researched, non-political, and with good input from the public.
There was a sharp intake of breath from a number of people when Dr. Wheeler said that fracking in central NS could mean as many as 20,000 wells just in that region. Two other comments of his caught my attention – he was asked why we don’t know more about the risks, and his answer was something along the lines of “because the risks haven’t been studied”. On the positive side, he stated that he will recommend that the government gives control over mineral rights to local communities – which was a brave and necessary step to take.
What a contrast to what’s happening in New Brunswick. Dr. Wheeler said that he thinks the NS government wouldn’t allow fracking without the consent of local people, as the government doesn’t tend to steamroller plans through without consent – that is in sharp contrast to the way that the PEI government does things!
The Hydraulic Fracturing Review, led by Cape Breton University, is holding public meetings around the province. Right now it looks likely that they will recommend lifting the moratorium. Some people from Don’t Frack PEI will be attending the meeting in Amherst on Tuesday July 22nd at noon, to find out about the review and to offer our support to our neighbouring province. If you would like to share a ride, or if you can offer a ride, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The schedule is here: http://www.cbu.ca/hfstudy/events
On June 7th, we are holding our second community training workshop – in Mill River. This will give you the tools and information that you need to spread the message about the issues related to fracking on PEI. We ask that you pre-register for the half-day session, as places are limited. Full details can be found here.
News of our first workshop made it into The Guardian – read the story here
On May 3rd, we are holding a community training workshop. This will give you the tools and information that you need to spread the message about the issues related to fracking on PEI. We ask that you pre-register for the half-day session, as places are limited. See this sheet for more information.
Cinema Politica and Don’t Frack PEI are hosting a showing of the film Gasland II, followed by a discussion, on World Water Day, Saturday March 22nd, at 2:00pm, in the Duffy Science Building Theatre, UPEI. Admission is by donation.
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Don’t Frack PEI invites interested persons to a Training Workshop Saturday, February 15, 2014, 9:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Hall, O’Leary Corner.
To pre-register: e-mail email@example.com or phone, toll free, Cooper Institute 1(877) 894-4573. There is space for 10-12 people.
The workshop will:
– provide participants with clear language information on fracking
– present ways to get other people in the community interested in fracking
– examine what anti-fracking actions would work in this community
– present ways to organize and promote a few community sessions on fracking
– suggest ways of forming teams to lead some anti-fracking sessions.
We have T-shirts for sale, to help get the message out there. Price is $20 per shirt for most sizes; 2XL and 3XL are $24 each. Prices include HST. We have a few, and when we run out we’ll order some more, so if you want one then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll figure out how to get it to you. The shirts are supplied by Charlottetown’s Lloyd Kerry and his Men In Black T-Shirts.