Please say no to fracking

Please say no to fracking Open letter to the Yukon government's select committee on fracking: As one of more then almost 6,000 citizens who have implored the Yukon government to ban fracking in our territory (the most signatures ever, on a petition in th

Open letter to the Yukon government’s select committee on fracking:

As one of more then almost 6,000 citizens who have implored the Yukon government to ban fracking in our territory (the most signatures ever, on a petition in the Yukon), I hope you are getting a clear message that Yukoners are passionate about keeping this devastating process out of our territory.

Surely, the government that appointed your committee realizes by now that its constituents are not in favour of allowing fracking in our territory. To reflect the will of the majority, you need to take the courageous position of making an unequivocal recommendation against fracking.

Yukoners have expressed their concerns about the amount of water required for this process (water that will never be returned to the hydrological cycle), the resultant damage to the air as well as surface water and underground aquifers, the consequences to human and animal health, the blight on our pristine landscapes, and the false economics touted by the industry.

Speaking to regulators in other jurisdictions is an ill-founded strategy, given the fact that there is no jurisdiction on record that has implemented effective regulation. On the other hand, the devastation of the air, water, land, and in many cases, the health of wildlife and human populations where fracking has taken place is well documented. I’m sure by now that you have reviewed the experience in Alberta and B.C., as well as that of the U.S., where scientists have repeatedly warned of the serious consequences of this process, and where these consequences have become a reality.

The economic arguments in favour of fracking, based on experience in other jurisdictions, are hollow. The damage to roads, and the demands on infrastructure, along with the environmental devastation, has always led to a negative result on the balance sheet of risks and benefits.

Industry promises jobs, and yet these are so few in number (most positions are technical in nature, requiring highly skilled individuals) and are of very short duration. Once the trees are cut, there is little other non-skilled work involved.

Other countries have partnered with industry to create jobs in the development and production of renewable resources, and Nova Scotia’s ban on fracking is courageous.

At this juncture, the Yukon government has the opportunity to become a leader and a model in the development of renewable energy. There is ample evidence to show that it is possible for us to move away from fossil fuels over the next few years. Let’s take up the challenge, for the good of our citizens, our entire country, and our future generations.

What a significant legacy for the Yukon government to leave, and what a huge contribution to society it would be, to demonstrate our ability to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Corliss Burke

Whitehorse, Yukon

Just Posted

A high streamflow advisory has been issued for the Nordenskiold and Klondike Rivers on May 11. Photo by Yukon Protective Services
Nordenskiold, Klondike rivers see rising water levels; advisory issued

Following the river-ice breakup, flows have continued to rise on Nordenskiold and Klondike River systems, said a release by the Emergency Measures Organization.

Mike Thomas/Yukon News file
A fox runs across the street at Main Street and Third Avenue.
A new project seeks to learn more about Whitehorse fox populations

A new project to monitor and improve the understanding of urban foxes living in Whitehorse will begin this year

The Fireweed Market in Shipyards Park will open on May 13. Joel Krahn/Yukon News
Whitehorse’s Fireweed Market opens May 13

The Fireweed Market will return with ‘exciting’ new and returning vendors

Ron Rousseau holds a sign saying ‘It’s time for a cultural shift’ during the Yukoners: Raise Your Voice Against Misogyny rally on May 11. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Protest held to condemn Yukon Party MLAs’ texts

A rally was held outside of legislature to condemn the inappropriate texts messages of Yukon Party MLAs Stacey Hassard and Wade Istchenko.

XX
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for May 12, 2021.… Continue reading

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Neil Hartling, the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon president, left, said the new self-isolation guidelines for the Yukon are a ‘ray of hope’ for tourism operators. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Yukon tourism operators prepared for ‘very poor summer’ even with relaxed border rules

Toursim industry responds to new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated individuals to skip mandatory self-isolation.

A lawsuit has been filed detailing the resignation of a former Yukon government mine engineer. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A year after resigning, former chief mine engineer sues Yukon government

Paul Christman alleges a hostile work environment and circumvention of his authority led him to quit

Former Liberal MLA Pauline Frost speaks to reporters outside the courthouse on April 19. One of the voters accused of casting an invalid vote has been granted intervenor status in the lawsuit Frost filed last month. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Voters named in Pauline Frost election lawsuit ask to join court proceedings

The judge granted Christopher Schafer intervenor status

Haley Ritchie/Yukon News file
File photo of the legislative assembly. The previous spring sitting began on March 4 but was interrupted due to the election.
Throne speech kicks off short spring legislature sitting

The government will now need to pass the budget.

Most Read