Opposition to fracking has been brewing in the Yukon for a number of years. The Yukon Party government's recent decision to allow fracking in the Liard basin in southeast Yukon has reignited resolve in the territory to protect the lakes and rivers from fracking, a practice that was recently found to contaminate drinking water in Pennsylvania.
Members of the Liard First Nation are concerned that the Yukon Party are making deals behind closed doors with their Chief and Council which will have adverse affects on community’s drinking water and health as well as the wildlife which they rely on for food.
It is within this context that Maude Barlow and I visited Whitehorse earlier this week to express our solidarity to members of the Liard First Nation and Yukoners who have been fighting to keep fracking out of their territory.
A workshop, rally and public event