Don’t let greed spoil our beloved land

Don't let greed spoil our beloved land Open letter to Resources Minister Brad Cathers and Premier Darrell Pasloski: I am compelled to write because of my concern over the lack of public consultation regarding the possibility of fracking for oil and gas.

Open letter to Resources Minister Brad Cathers and Premier Darrell Pasloski:

I am compelled to write because of my concern over the lack of public consultation regarding the possibility of fracking for oil and gas.

It has come to my attention that documents are circulating concerning the regulation of oil and gas development. By the sound of these documents, I am led to believe that the projects are going ahead. Done deal.

I am completely opposed to the fracking process. None of what I have heard sounds like anything I want happening in the Yukon. Turning rock formations into gravel? Possibly polluting our ground water with toxic chemicals? Subsidizing Outside companies’ electrical usage?

Why is this not something considered important for all Yukoners to have a say?

I say screw the “economics” of it. Since when can money buy clean water?

People say love is blind. I also think the “economy” is blind. How will any of us enjoy any money we have when we are sick and dying from toxic chemicals injected into our ground water? How will we survive if our moose and caribou herds are sick?

We must make the incredible effort of finding common ground. And what is that common ground? Could I be so presumptuous as to say it is our love for the Yukon? We love the land, the big wild spaces, clean air, clean water, and the opportunity to live a life in harmony with our surroundings.

If you are someone who loves the Yukon, please ask yourself if you really believe fracking and oil and gas development will be a good thing in the long run.

And then please make your voice heard. Let courage and insight be your guide.

Katy Delau

Whitehorse

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