FRACTURED BC: Fracking, Site C, Health and Human Rights

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FRACTURED BC: Fracking, Site C, Health and Human Rights

Time: October 17, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Lecture Hall 1470 Douglas College David Lam Campus (Coquitlam)
Street: 1250 Pinetree Way
City/Town: Coquitlam
Website or Map:…
Phone: 604 767 0914
Event Type: public, discussion, with, guest, panel
Organized By: Amy Anne Lubik
Latest Activity: Sep 29, 2017

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Fractured BC

BC is at a critical crossroads in its energy and environmental policy. The LNG industry has yet to materialize and a growing number of Canadians (over 60%) are opposed to the fracking (hydraulic fracturing) which extracts almost all natural gas. As well, evidence shows that the Site C Dam, which infringes on First Nations rights, will be used to power the fracking industry. First Nations legal challenges opposing LNG infrastructure are occurring all over BC.

Jurisdictions around the world are banning or putting a moratorium on fracking for health reasons, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the environment (CAPE) wants to share evidence with the public that pursuing an LNG agenda opens up BC to harm by fracking and Site C.

We all need understand the potential health consequences for fracking.


Dr. Warren Bell, co-founder of CAPE and long-time environmental activist will speak on the health and environmental impacts of fracking and Site C

Dr. Gordon Christie, professor of law at UBC whose research fields include Aboriginal legal issues, legal theory, and tort, will speak about the legal implications of fracking and Site C on the health of First Nations peoples.

Richard Wright, is the spokesperson for the House of Luutkudziiwus of the Gitxsan Nation, and will be speaking about the cumulative impacts of LNG infrastructure on First Nations people and all British Columbians.

Dr. Amy Lubik, health scientist and environmental health advocate, will moderate

Entry by donation; no one will be turned away.

In April, CAPE called for a moratorium on fracking BC and in Canada as a whole, until the health risks are understood, communicated widely, and mitigated.

Many people have heard about the potential dangers of fracking, but do not know what the consequences are. This event will outline the potential health and human rights consequences of fracking and related projects. It will help to make this part of public dialogue as the new BC government undertakes a scientific review of fracking and the need for the Site C dam.

Fracking projects and Site C directly particularly affect First Nations Peoples. In a recent UBC report, the authors called on provincial and federal governments to determine the full impact of Site C on treaty rights of the Treaty 8 First Nations who live in the Peace River region. Coauthor Gordon Christie stated, “Although these communities’ rights are constitutionally protected, we believe they have been systematically downplayed – even ignored – by governments.” [1]

The hereditary leadership of the Luutkudziiwus clan of the Gixtsan nation closed their territory to pipelines intended to bring fracked gas from Treaty 8 territory around Fort St John to a terminal on Lax Kw’alaams territory, at the mouth of the Skeena River. “There’s too much at stake,” stated Richard Wright, It could have serious negative impacts to all the fish of the Skeena River [and on the people up in the northeast, where fracking is happening].” [2]

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