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.
On the eve of Earth Day, the Conservative government tabled what they boasted to be a balanced budget, even naming the budget Strong Leadership: A Balanced Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth and Security.
“Anyone who can throw a hatchet and sue you is a force to be reckoned with.” This is how author and environmental activist Bill McKibben describes Caleb Behn, a young Indigenous lawyer from northern British Columbia and subject of the upcoming fracking documentary, Fractured Land.
Fractured Land tells the story of Caleb Behn, who is Eh Cho Dene and Dunne-Za from Treaty 8 Territory, and his struggle in defending his territory from fracking operations.
Communities are celebrating three victories against fracking this week. Quebec, New York and New Brunswick all rejected fracking after years of opposition from communities calling for the protection of community health and the environment.
Communities in the Atlantic are currently dealing with the fallout of fracking projects that occurred prior to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia’s moratoriums.
The Global Frackdown is just four days away! We're asking asking people to take action and one way is to participate in the Fracking Wastewater Bucket Challenge to bring attention to the risks of fracking wastewater.
Along with Maude Barlow's video, you can see the videos of Water Campaigner Emma Lui, Atlantic Regional Organizer Angela Giles, Co-Chair of the NWT chapter Lois Little, Board member Steven Shrybman, Inverness Chapter member David Martin and friend of the Council Andrew Davis.
Here are some tips on making your own video:
The Yukon, like B.C., is home to some of the largest shale gas deposits on the planet. The difference is that B.C. has already gone wild on fracking, whereas the Yukon has shielded itself with a moratorium.
The Council of Canadians and the the Yukon Conservation Society (YCS) partnered on events about fracking and LNG as the Yukon government Select Committee Regarding the Risks and benefits of Hydraulic Fracking reviews the possibility of nixing its 2012 moratorium and future possible fracking projects.