FRACKING AND TAR SANDS: TWIN THREATS TO SASKATCHEWAN WATER: Part 1

Read, listen, learn and act!

BY Jim Harding

Fracking_Graphic-FRidayA workshop on “Saskatchewan Oil Impacts” was held in Regina January 24-25, 2014. It was organized by oil industry researchers Emily Eaton, geography professor from Regina and political science professor Angela Carter from Waterloo. It was attended by over 50 people from nearly twenty organizations across the province. Those attending ranged from indigenous and naturalist to surface rights and ecumenical groups.

The workshop began with a presentation “From the Front Lines of Fracktivism” by Elaine and Dan Thomas. The Thomas’s are from Cochrane, Alberta, an area under siege from fracking. Their rural retirement home west of Calgary is surrounded by toxic flaring from fracked wells. Retired from the industry, Dan spoke of the industry’s use of “speed, stealth and secrecy” to accomplish its goals. The Thomas’s described how they have been largely powerless to deal with the assault by the oil industry while it has government processes…

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