Fracking is never safe

Fracking is never safe Open letter to John Streicker: I read your presentation to the legislative select committee on fugitive emissions and your article in the Whitehorse Star on Feb. 17, and I am concerned that you continue to suggest that by establish

Open letter to John Streicker:

I read your presentation to the legislative select committee on fugitive emissions and your article in the Whitehorse Star on Feb. 17, and I am concerned that you continue to suggest that by establishing acceptable thresholds and putting in place a regulatory and monitoring regime that this would ensure safety for Yukoners.

My question to you is, “Why should the Yukon consider the risks acceptable to move ahead when one of the major irreversible outcomes of fracking is using huge volumes of water that is poisoned and is taken out of the hydrology system forever?”

Gilles Wendling, who is a highly qualified water hydrologist expert, kept asking the audience and the select committee “Do you know the long-term consequences of some of the processes used in unconventional drilling?” Wendling’s response to this question was “I don’t know the possible long term effects. Do you?”

Wendling stated that many of the processes used in fracking are irreversible.

As a former Green Party candidate and president of the Green Party of Canada I am surprised that you believe that legislation and regulation will solve all the mitigating problems of this very dirty fossil fuel extraction.

Your present Green Party leader, MP Elizabeth May, has stated many times she wants fracking banned in Canada.

How can you continue to say you want fracking regulated?

Fracking must be banned in the Yukon.

Don Roberts


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