Thanks to everyone who came out to the awesome Frackdown Boilup Potluck! It was a bit chilly, but we had great conversations and learned more about what fracking would mean for our province.
Here are links to some of the hand-outs that we had available:
The St. John's chapter of the Council of Canadians, in association with the East Coast Fracking Awareness Group, invites the public to a Frackdown potluck on October 16, 5-7 pm, in Harbourside Park, part of the Global Frackdown events (started October 11th with events planned around the world).
Click here for the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/834937183194311/
As a result of grassroots organizing on the west coast of Newfoundland, in the face of fracking proposals by Black Spruce Exploration and Shoal Point Energy, we now have a temporary moratorium in place. No fracking will be considered until the provincial government completes an independent, external review of fracking. Now it's imperative to ensure that people’s concerns are voiced and heard during the coming round of public consultations to help guarantee a full ban on fracking.
We want to celebrate the success of west coast mobilizing and east coast solidarity (and beyond!) – that people power can indeed affect policy change. In the past year, Atlantic Canadian provinces have shown to be on the leading edge of fracking resistance: New Brunswick’s new Liberal Premier has promised to impose a moratorium, and Nova Scotia and NL both have temporary moratoria in place. However, we must remain vigilant and keep working towards a full ban on fracking! The NL external fracking review panel has just been announced, so it's important we make sure they hear the public's legitimate concerns and say no to fracking.
For more info on the groups on the west coast fighting fracking, join the Port au Port/Bay St George Fracking Awareness Group Facebook page and check out the Newfoundland and Labrador Fracking Awareness Network website, http://www.nlfan.ca/
For more general info on fracking, check out www.canadians.org/fracking