Public Forum on “The Gulf of St. Lawrence, oil and fracking”
Expert panelists will be making connections between the issue of fracking in NL and broader regional concerns of oil development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this Sunday, February 1, 2pm in lecture room (LC 301 Library Building) at the, Library Grenfell Campus of Memorial University, Corner Brook. The public is invited.
The panelists include Irené Novaczek, PhD, Marine Ecologist, Adjunct Professor of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island; Chief Mi’sel Joe, Miawpukek Mi’kamawey Mawi’omi – Conne River Mi’kmaq Tribal Nation; and Dr Michael Bradfield, Economist and member of the Nova Scotia Independent Review of Hydraulic Fracturing.
“The panelists will provide balance to industry’s talking points and information by offering perspectives on human health, environmental regulations, indigenous sovereignty, economics, legal frameworks and social acceptability.” explains Jon Parsons of the Social Justice Cooperative.
“These are all interconnected topics. By offering such wide variety of perspectives this forum will help provide information on the connections between the issues of fracking in NL and oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence” supports Conor Curtis from Divest MUN/Fossil Fuel Divestment at Grenfell.
Bob Diamond with the Save our Seas and Shores, Newfoundland and Labrador organization is “optimistic that this forum will be an opportunity for the public to be informed about other perspectives regarding the marine and coastal areas off western Newfoundland. The Gulf of St Lawrence is much more than the oil industry view of being a source of non renewable energy. It is a unique, biodiverse ecosystem which supports multi-billion dollar fishery and tourism industries.”
As for Muchie Bennett, from Stephenville Crossing “I am looking forward to hear Chief Mi’sel Joe on this topic. He has proven in the past that as an Elder, his vision is one that brings wisdom. A welcome element in this discussion.”
The forum is organized and hosted by representatives of the Social Justice Co-operative http://www.socialjusticecoopnl.ca/ and Newfoundland and Labrador representatives of the Save our Seas and Shores organization http://saveourseasandshores.ca/ as well as other supportive individuals in the community.