Fracking sucks, Keith

Keith Halliday, a former chief of staff to Liberal Premier Pat Duncan, recently made a vigorous defence of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a necessary part of Yukon’s energy future.

Keith Halliday, a former chief of staff to Liberal Premier Pat Duncan, recently made a vigorous defence of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a necessary part of Yukon’s energy future. Keith wants you to peel the “Frack-Free Yukon” sticker off your car because he says that if you currently participate in the carbon economy, you’re being a hypocrite. Apparently Yukoners need to live a Puritan lifestyle in order to have the right to engage in planning for our community’s healthy and prosperous future. This is the clearest statement to date from any Yukon Liberals about their views on fracking.

Yukon Liberal leader Sandy Silver has refused to close the door on fracking in Yukon. He has only gone so far as to promise a temporary moratorium on fracking, which means that senior Liberals like Halliday may still have their way and see Yukon opened to fracking. Meanwhile, the federal Liberal Party is declaring war on First Nations by approving an LNG (the refined product of fracking) pipeline through Northern British Columbia.

Let’s be clear: fracking is a risky and short-sighted approach to energy security. It will endanger Yukon’s land, water, and air, as it has in so many other parts of the world. Fracking is also a distraction from the real conversation we need to be having about long-term renewable energy projects that will power Yukon for generations, not just for the next few decades until the oil runs out.

So, while I’m glad that a senior Yukon Liberal has finally spoken out about the role of fracking in Yukon, I am now convinced that a Liberal fracking moratorium is just a smokescreen, to avoid having to tell Yukoners whether they would allow fracking down the road if they’re elected.

Why are Sandy Silver and Keith Halliday only pressing pause on fracking when, by signing a petition against fracking, over 8,000 of our citizens have indicated that they want fracking banned altogether?

Gordon Gilgan

Whitehorse

Just Posted

Yukon Fish and Game Association opposed to moose management proposals

Executive director Eric Schroff said he thinks Yukon government needs to be more transparent

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Casino taking more time with mine proposal

Statement not expected to be submitted to YESAB until Dec. 31, 2021

New act allows Yukon College to become Yukon University

The official launch of Yukon University will happen May 8 with a convocation ceremony

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in to hold general election in April

On top of voting for chief, three councillors, citizens will vote for a deputy chief for first time

Yukon’s minimum wage set to increase by $1 to $13.71 in April

The increase will make the Yukon’s minimum wage the fourth-highest in the country

City news, briefly

Some of the decisions made at the Whitehorse council meeting on Feb 17

Yukonomist: Three questions on Yukon Zinc and China

The case heard recently in Yukon Supreme Court is particularly troubling

Commentary: Highway plans will negatively impact safety

The proposed Alaska Highway work will impact our safety, our communities and our environment.

Olivia Webster is the final musher to finish the Yukon Quest

‘I guess I’ve always been a grandpa’s girl and he’s my best friend, so I kind of wanted to be like him and so I did it’

Yukon’s Rob Cooke and company finish 10th in the 2020 Yukon Quest

Cooke and his 14 Siberians crossed the finish line at 9:07 a.m. on Feb. 15 in Whitehorse

Lights Out Yukon Invitational Basketball Tournament bigger than ever in sixth year

“Honestly, it was the smoothest tournament I think we’ve run yet”

Most Read