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NEWS: Lethbridge chapter calls for Alberta-wide ban on fracking

CBC reports, “A group of more than 150 citizens came together in Lethbridge Monday evening to protest fracking in southern Alberta. …’People really care about their drinking water,’ said Sheila Rogers, chair of the Council of Canadians’ Lethbridge chapter. ‘People are really, really upset that this is going on without their consultation and without the oil and gas companies being held responsible for proving that it’s safe.’ …’Even though our federal government has called for a review on the scientific knowledge about fracking, which shows that they don’t know a lot about it, they’re still allowing it to go ahead,’ said Rogers.”

“‘We have to say no once and for all,’ Lois Frank told the crowd. She was one of three Kai-nai women arrested and put in jail for blockading a fracking well near her home earlier this month near Stand Off, Alta., roughly 200 kilometres south of Calgary.” To read more about the blockade that took place on September 10, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10399.

“A petition was circulated among the protesters calling for a province-wide ban on fracking until the effects on environment and health are fully understood.” An additional petition for Blood Tribe members and Oldman Watershed residents is at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42112.html. A third petition for “for anyone else that wishes to stand in solidarity with all Blood members opposed to fracking on their land” is at http://www.gopetition.com/petition/42138.html.

“(And) protest organizers say they will continue the fight and have planned for a bigger event at the Alberta legislature in the coming weeks.”

For several campaign blogs on the threat of fracking on the Blood Reserve, please go to http://canadians.org/blog/?s=kainai.

The CBC article is at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2011/09/27/lethbridge-fracking-protest.html.